Another sphinx head has been discovered from the silent version of ‘The Ten Commandments’. While this new sculpture that has been found in the sands of Guadalupe-Nipoma, we’ve done lots of reporting about it prior to this new find.
The most recent discovery is an intact 300 lb. plaster sphinx head, which was unearthed in early November by archaeologists excavating the 95-year old movie set.
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Doug Jenzen, executive director of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, said in a statement.
“The piece is unlike anything found on previous digs, the majority of it is preserved by sand with the original paint still intact.”
Jenzen noted that though the 1923 film was in black and white, the set was nonetheless painted in vibrant colors. The sets were designed by Peter Iribe. DeMille had an extensive set constructed among the vast dunes that included pharoahs, sphinxes and colossal temple gates.
Check out our our extensive section on the great director, Cecil B. Demille here.
We feature Cecil B. DeMille as one of our favorite directors here on Classic Movie Favorites. Check out not only our section on this great director, but also the special section set aside for “The Ten Commandments.” DeMille made this film twice, once as a silent version and then again, with the great Charlton Heston as Moses in the 1950’s. Learn more about this great director and this film by going to our section about him.
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