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


Explore the Collection

Egyptian Collection


Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


"If you build it, they will come": the construction and care of Nemean hero worship


Plagues, Pestilence, and Pandemics: Disease in El Hibeh


Round Table: Ancient Democracy, the Present Moment, and the Future of a Political Ideal


Rehearsed Reading of Euripides' Bacchae

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.

Dates TBD