Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Study of the Museums’ 3,000-year-old mummy known as “Hatason” has helped to revise perceptions of Egyptian burial protocols and religious belief. Hatason lived during a period when the ‘art’ of mummification was changing. Her beautiful coffin provides a rare glimpse at the contemporary artistry of Asyut, located on the west bank of the Nile between Cairo and Aswan. Her body, investigated with the collaboration of Stanford University’s Department of Radiology, contrasts greatly in date and condition with that of the later funerary priest Irethorrou, another of the Museums’ mummies scanned at Stanford in 2009.

The lecture inaugurates the opening of the exhibition, The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine, in Gallery 1, Legion of Honor. The exhibition is free after museum admission.

The lecture is sponsored by Elizabeth D Moyer PhD and Michael C Powanda PhD.

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.



New Perspectives on the Art of Mummification

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Jonathan Elias

AAC members/free; General/suggested $5 donation


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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