Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
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100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121

Lion-Shaped Rhyton (Libation Vessel)

Kültepe (Anatolian), Assyrian Colony period, ca. 1860–1780 B.C.

This highly stylized, lion-shaped terracotta vessel, with a tall spout on its back and pierced nostrils for pouring, comes from Kanish (Kültepe in Cappadocia).  The Anatolians produced remarkable animal-shaped vessels during this extraordinary period in the history of ancient Turkey.


Terracotta with polychrome

H 7 ½

Gift of the Queen of Greece through Alma de Bretteville Spreckels


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Ancient Near Eastern Collection


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The Saga of Queen Zenobia and the Oasis City of Palmyra


A New Look at Ancient Nubia: Magic and Mystery on the Nile


On the Road from Persepolis


Deciphering Demons: Underworld Figures in Egypt and Etruria

Thank you for helping us acquire our first Egyptian royal portrait—a carved limestone relief of Ptolemy I Soter

Ancient Art Council supports Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.



Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave

This exhibition reveals how, before Mount Vesuvius blew up in AD 79 and rocked the Bay of Naples, people in Pompeii and nearby farms and villages were engaged in typical daily activities, many of which revolved around food and drink.

May 7, 2021 - August 29, 2021