Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

In 1830 a French farmer plowing a newly purchased field near the village of Berthouville in Normandy chanced upon 50 pounds of ancient silver. Dedicated to Gallo-Roman god Mercury Canetonensis, this rare cache of votive material escaped being melted down, and includes some of the finest ancient Roman silver vessels to survive. Following a meticulous four-year conservation project at the Getty Villa, curator Kenneth Lapatin explores the various contexts of the hoard, focusing on some of its most spectacular pieces—from the Roman table, to Gallic shrine, to modern conservation lab.

About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.



A Roman Temple Treasure: The Berthouville Silver and Its Context

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Kenneth Lapatin

AAC members free / General public $5 suggested donation


Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


The Saga of Queen Zenobia and the Oasis City of Palmyra


A New Look at Ancient Nubia: Magic and Mystery on the Nile


On the Road from Persepolis


Deciphering Demons: Underworld Figures in Egypt and Etruria

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.



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