Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Two small mummies in the Egyptian collection of the Vatican Museums have intrigued scholars for decades. Often referred to as “pseudo mummies” or “miniature mummies”, these cylindrical bundles—wrapped in linen bandages, painted with human portraits and covered in a uniform brownish substance—were believed to be ancient and contain the remains of either small children or animals. The speaker, also director of the Vatican Mummy Project, shares recent scientific analysis, revealing a new interpretation of these curious objects.

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.

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Dates

Mummies of the Vatican: Genuine or Fake

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Alessia Amenta

Lecture is free and open to the public; donations are always gratefully accepted

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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events

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

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Plagues, Pestilence, and Pandemics: Disease in El Hibeh

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

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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.

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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

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