Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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


Although the Ancient Art collection is relatively small, it contains a number of rare works of high quality and importance that form the basis of an introduction to the art of the ancient Mediterranean from Egypt, to the Near East, Greece, and Rome. They provide, in a coherent, aesthetically pleasing manner, splendid examples of the art of early civilizations. The ancient art holding also lays the foundation for the understanding of Western art and the procession of cultures through the ages.

The ancient art objects on view at the Legion feature a wide gamut of sculpture, statues, figurines, vessels, vases, jewelry, and carved reliefs, made of diverse materials, such as marble and other stones, bronze, gold, terracotta, wood, and glass.


Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


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AD 79: When Time Froze in Pompeii


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Workshop: Cultural Heritage and Antiquities


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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Bacchae"


October 3, 2020, 9:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

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.

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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