Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

This fascinating lecture will focus on ancient glass production from large-scale raw-glass industries to the artisan’s workshop in the Holy Land. The talk will also examine the design and use of furnaces, various vessels, oil lamps, and jewelry, especially the Byzantine gold and opaque glass panel. This masterpiece from Caesarea Maritima, dating to AD 500–700, was the centerpiece in the exhibition at the Legion of Honor, Highlights from the Israel Antiquities Authority: The Dead Sea Scrolls and 5,000 Years of Treasures.

Reception to follow lecture

Museum is closed to the public: Please use the Tower entrance

Supported by a grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Endowment Fund

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 26, 2009, 2:00 AM - 8:00 PM

From the Furnance Fire to the Emperor's Court: Ancient Glass in the Holy Land

Koret Auditorium, de Young

Presented by Yael Gorin-Rosen, Head, Glass Department, Israel Antiquities Authority

Admission: Program free to the public


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.