London, South Kensington
12 December 2000
A prop jewellery box of painted wood with carved relief decoration in an ancient Egyptian style -- 10½x5in. (26.8x12.7cm.) -- made for the 1963 Twentieth Century Fox production Cleopatra
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This jewellery box was used as a set dressing in Cleopatra's [played by Elizabeth Taylor] dressing room.
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