Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Hierakonpolis is famous as the home of the Palette of King Narmer, long considered to be one of the earliest kings of Egypt, but recent work at the site is revealing the tombs of kings some 500 years earlier, who expressed their power not only in the size and wealth of their graves, but also with the people and intriguing array of wild and domestic animals they took with them to the afterlife. A veritable royal menagerie, the buried animals include elephant, hartebeest, wild cattle, hippopotamus, crocodile, leopard, baboons, domestic livestock, dogs and what may be the first domesticated cats! This unique collection of animals gives insight into the physical reality behind early symbols of power and the Egyptian world view.

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.

PROGRAM

Dates

Egypt's First Zoo: Discoveries in the Elite Cemetery at Hierakonpolis

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Dr. Renée Friedman

Free / AAC members; suggested donation $5 / non-members

ancient-art-council-v2_logo.jpg

Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events

PROGRAM

"If you build it, they will come": the construction and care of Nemean hero worship

PROGRAM

Plagues, Pestilence, and Pandemics: Disease in El Hibeh

PROGRAM

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

PROGRAM

Rehearsed Reading of Euripides' Bacchae

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.

logo-legion-of-honor.png

\

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

EXHIBITION