Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Anthropoid Coffin of Iret-hor-irou

Egyptian, Dynasty 30, 380-343 B.C.

The coffin functions as a substitute for the mummified body and a surface to supply magical images and texts.  The inscription in the front is unusually long and carved with attention to detail.  Polychrome inlays were once inserted in the glyphs and, remarkably, a few of these remain.

Cedar with traces of paint

H 78

Gift of Diane B. Wilsey in memory of Alfred W. Wilsey

2002.2a–b

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

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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.