Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Malqata is the site of the mud-brick palace-city of Amenhotep III (ca. 1390–1353 BC) constructed for his first Heb-Sed, a rejuvenation festival that traditionally took place in year thirty of a king’s reign and periodically thereafter. Used only for Amenhotep’s three jubilees, the city was abandoned after his death and survives as a town site dating to a single reign. Ongoing excavations have uncovered temples, palaces, urban zones, and workmen’s villages. The speaker will explore what Amenhotep III intended when he commissioned Malqata and its adjoining harbor.

In memoriam lecture: Cathleen A. Keller, Professor of Egyptology, Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley

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.


November 16, 2013, 10:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Egyptian Excavations of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Malqata, 1910 to the present

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by Dr. Catharine Roehrig, Curator, Department of Egyptian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Admission: This lecture is free and open to the public after museum admission. Donations are welcome.


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.