Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

There was almost no war during the 38-year reign (ca. 1390-1352 B.C.) of Amenhotep III. He commissioned hundreds of statues for Sakhmet, the fearsome, lion-hearted Egyptian goddess of plague and war, more than for himself or all the other deities combined. Was his reason to appease Sakhmet in her capacity as the plague goddess? This lecture pulls together historical, art historical, sociological, and literary evidence supporting the likelihood that this period was one fraught with terrible disease, very possibly bubonic plague.

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.



Plague in the Time of King Tut's Grandfather, Amenhotep III

Koret Auditorium, de Young

Arielle Kozloff

Free/AAC members; $5/general; $3/students


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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