Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Red-Figure Volute Krater

South Italian, Apulia, ca. 330–320 B.C.

This virtuoso piece is attributed to the Baltimore Painter, one of the most important of the late Apulian painters.  The artist has captured the climactic moment in the Trojan War described in Homer's Iliad when Iris, the winged messenger of the gods, has come to the sulking Achilles (for the death of Patroklos) to persuade the Greek hero to return to the fray. The reverse shows the deceased hero sitting in a naiskos (small shrine).


H 42 ½

Museum purchase, Dorothy Spreckels Munn Fund


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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.