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Charlton Heston "Moses" prop Ten Commandments tablets from The Ten Commandments.

Charlton Heston “Moses” prop Ten Commandments tablets from The Ten Commandments. (Paramount, 1956) DeMille’s greatest film, and his last, has joined the pantheon of epic films revered from generation to generation. These prop Ten Commandments tablets, “written with the finger of God,” measure 23.5 x 12 x 1.25 in. and are constructed of richly hewn fiberglass over a wooden core. The “engraving” is accomplished in an early Canaanite script practiced in the late Bronze Age (c. 13th century B.C.) – Moses’ era. Paramount Studios scenic artist A.J. Ciraolo made them to appear slightly irregular with molded chips and dings and then hand-applied paint speckling to resemble the red granite of Mount Sinai – one of DeMille’s key requirements. This set of tablets was acquired from a studio secretary by the prop department during the making of The Ten Commandments. At the time of production, the secretary wandered through the prop shop, fell in love with the tablets and asked if she might have a pair. The prop master told her she could, but only after they’d been shot in their scene. After the scene was completed, the secretary returned and claimed this set of tablets and asked if a hook of some sort could be added for hanging; the prop master obliged by affixing wire hoops in the back of the tablets with fiberglass. These pieces retain the beautiful red and black-speckled patina of the Sinai-inspired granite, with engraved letters and nearly pristine edges. Overall, the tablets remain in exceptional condition. Comes with a letter of provenance. Estimated Price:$20,000 – $30,000 USD

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