Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Aryballos in the Shape of a Hippalektryon

Greek, probably from Rhodes, 6th century B.C.

This small cosmetic container for oil or perfume is molded in the form of a mythical mixed being (horse-rooster) with foreparts of a horse and the body, legs, tail, and wings of a rooster.  The art of working in faience was invented in Egypt and introduced to the Greek world.  In the 7th and 6th centuries B.C. the island of Rhodes was home to a flourishing faience industry, producing perfume bottles (aryballoi) in various shapes, such as this fantastic animal.


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Museum Purchase, Gift of the Elios Society Charitable Foundation through the Ancient Art Council


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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.