Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

The lecture focuses on ancient Egyptian wooden sculpture, three-dimensional and in relief, over the ages, highlighting Egypt’s broad range of styles and quality, its adaptability, and its penchant for innovation. This presentation will form a context for the Museums’ recent acquisition of the exquisitely carved and painted statuette of Seneb—an unsurpassed example of the art of the Middle Kingdom in Egypt.

To celebrate the Museums' acquisition of Seneb, a twelfth-dynasty painted wooden statuette, and to thank our members, donors, and supporters for making his "adoption" possible.

The Scherman Lecture Series is sponsored by the Scherman Family Foundation.

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.


March 21, 2015, 9:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Ancient Egyptian Masterpieces: Sculpture in Wood

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by David Silverman, Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology, and Curator, Egyptian Section, University Museum, University of Pennsylvania

Admission: AAC members: Free / Non-AAC members: Suggested donation $5


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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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


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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.