Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Relief of a Gift Bearer

Persian, Achaemenid Empire, Persepolis, Palace of Darius or Xerxes, ca. 490–470 B.C.

The magnificent palace architecture in the fabled ancient site of Persepolis was distinguished by the sculpted stonework relief decorations on its massive walls.  This relief, from the Palace of Darius or Xerxes in Persepolis, shows the head and shoulders of a bearded Persian in profile wearing the typical pleated bashlyk.

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Bituminous limestone

H 8 x W 7 ½

Museum purchase, gift of Lisa Sardegna, Albert P. Wagner Bequest Fund, William A. Stimson, Friends of Ian White Endowment Income Fund, Unrestricted Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, Volunteer Council Art Acquisition Fund, Ancient Art Trust Fund and Auction Proceeds, Mrs. John N. Rosekrans, Jr., Sande Schlumberger, Endowment Fund in Honor of Francesca and Thomas Carr Howe, Walter H. and Phyllis J. Shorenstein Foundation Fund, Tish and James Brown and various Tribute Funds

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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events

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

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Plagues, Pestilence, and Pandemics: Disease in El Hibeh

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

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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.

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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.

Dates TBD

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