Sphinx Head Excavated From The Ancient Sands Of Hollywood

A scene from “The Ten Commandments” featuring the Sphinx head.

It all feels sort of like an ouroboros, in a way…we have finally gotten to the point where we’re digging up from the sands of time our modern fakes of ancient monuments.

Case in point, the 300-pound Sphinx head recently excavated from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Sand Dunes on the California coast. The artifact is one of 21 sphinxes from the 1923 version of Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments that were buried in the dunes after shooting had ended.

The excavated head, almost 100 years after it was buried in California.

DeMille, who liked to work with huge, “life-sized” sets and props, preferred the sphinxes be buried rather than a rival filmmaker reuse them…making, perhaps, the Guadalupe-Nipomo excavation emblematic not only of the “meta”-ness of Hollywood in relation to the history it has filmed, but American excess.

Of course, many of Hollywood’s “long buried secrets” have been unearthed for real during 2017.

And earlier this year, an actual ancient Egyptian artifact of some significance was uncovered in a Cairo slum: Ramses II, a.k.a. Ozymandias.

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The Return Of Ozymandias
The Progression Of The Ages: A Theory Of Resonance
The Sacred Trinity: Triads In Pop-Culture And Mythology