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Antique Cleopatra Vanity Box

Egyptomania & The Cleopatra Vanity Box Company Patent

There has been a fascination for ancient Egypt for hundreds if not thousands of years. William Shakespeare’s play Antony and Cleopatra was first performed by the King’s Men in London c.1607. The plot is based on Thomas North's 1579 translation from Plutarch's Lives. Plutarch (c. AD 46 – after AD 119) was a Greek historian, philosopher and a priest at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi.

In recent history this fascination was fuelled by the Napoleonic War in the Middle East.
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