A plaster sphinx, more than 90 years old and weathered by the elements, will make its 21st-century debut at a museum in Guadalupe, California, tomorrow (June 12). Researchers based the reconstruction on old footage and photos of the sphinxes from the 1923 production of "The Ten Commandments." (Photo Credit: Dunes Center, Guadalupe, California.)
Actors on the set of the movie 90 years ago.
The team uncovers the famous sphinx.
Capturing the moment
The staff snaps a picture with the sphinx.
A formidable structure
An image of the sphinx from the movie.
Restoring former majesty
The team works to repair damage from more than nine decades in the desert.
A nostalgic image
A historic scene captured on film from decades ago.
A restorer created a plaster face that resembled the sphinx to hold the artifacts excavated from the dune, seen here in pink and white.
A view of the reconstructed sphinx face from the side. The public is invited to see the exhibit at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center.
The crew of the 1923 blockbuster "The Ten Commandments" painted this giant sphinx paw a pink hue so that it would appear gray in the black and white movie.
Art restorers used Elmer's Glue to piece the sphinx's body back together.
Editor's Note: This story was updated at 4:15 p.m. EDT June 13 to add photos of the restored face, body and paw of the sphinxes filmed on the original movie set.
Originally published on Live Science.