Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
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100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121

Relief from the Tomb of Mentuemhet

Egyptian, Thebes, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 25-26, ca. 660-648 B.C.

Mentuemhet was the son of a prominent Theban family, and his tomb was one of the largest ever constructed in Egypt for a nonroyal. This fragment is a delicately cut painted wall relief from his tomb in western Thebes.

Limestone with polychrome

H 14 x W 18

Museum purchase, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum


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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.

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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.