Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Among the most engaging and popular creations of archaic Greek art are small containers for exotic, luxurious perfumes. At their best, these include masterpieces of craftsmen working in diverse media, such as faience, glass, silver, and clay. One such has recently been acquired by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

This program is made possible by a generous donation from the Elios Charitable Foundation. The Fragrant Past: Perfumes and Their Containers in Ancient Greece is Part II of five lectures in The Eye of the Painter: Ancient Greek Pottery series.

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.


October 2, 2010, 9:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Fragrant Past: Perfumes and Their Containers in Ancient Greece

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by Dr. Jasper Gaunt, Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University

Admission: This lecture is free to the public; suggested donation of $5 is welcome


Ancient Art Council supports Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.



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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Bacchae"


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Workshop: Cultural Heritage and Antiquities

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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.