Atomium Escalator: Travelling through hyperspace in the Belgian tourist attraction
Earlier this year when I went to Brussels one of my missions was to find two artefacts that had inspired a couple of memorable items in Tintin lore. One was a carved wooden figure that became the Arumbyan Fetish in The Broken Ear...
...the other was a Peruvian mummy that found fame as Rascar Capac in The Seven Crystal Balls.
Both are located in the same room of the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels, an impressive museum that houses a bit of everything from everywhere, and every period of history. There were several other objects in the Museum that inspired items in the Tintin adventures - it was clear that Hergé spent a lot of time there with his sketchpad.
According to the book Hergé and His Creation by Harry Thompson (with a 'p') at a 1979 exhibition of real artefacts from the Tintin books the idol was replaced with a fake for fear someone would try and steal it, recreating events in The Broken Ear. Sure enough someone stole the fake holding it to ransom for an appearance by Hergé at the scene of the crime. Though Hergé turned up at the time stated the thief was a no-show, and the whereabouts of the fake idol remain a mystery.
The Cinquantenaire Museum shouldn't remain a mystery to fans though and is well worth venturing outside the tourist hotspots of central Brussels for.
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