Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121

Shabti of Sennedjem

Egyptian, Dier el Medina, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, reign of Ramesses II, 1279–1212 B.C.

Shabtis are miniature servant figures placed in tombs to perform any hard manual labor that the deceased might be called upon to perform. The inscription in the front gives the title of Sennedjem, "Servant in the Place of Truth."

Limestone with polychrome

H 9 ¾

Gift of Adolph B. Spreckels, Jr.


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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.

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AD 79: When Time Froze in Pompeii


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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Bacchae"


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Workshop: Cultural Heritage and Antiquities

Please help us keep Ptolemy I Soter—Alexander the Great’s general and the founder of the Ptolemaic Dynasty which ended with Cleopatra—in San Francisco.

The Ancient Art Council is seeking your help to acquire this Egyptian limestone relief of a Ptolemaic king in a devotional pose. Any amount will help.