Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

The ancient Egyptian netherworld was populated by embodied creatures with supernatural powers and hybrid appearance, which are conventionally called “demons” or daimones and which function, as in many other ancient and modern religions, as a sort of lesser gods, protectors or genii. In this lecture a catalogue of such creatures will be presented and discussed, on the basis of the evidence coming mainly from the mortuary papyri of the Book of the Dead and from the coffins produced during the first millennium BCE.

Lecture in memory of Dr. Rolf Scherman

Lecture made possible by the tribute gifts in memory of Rolf Scherman—donor, friend, and supporter

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 5, 2016, 9:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Inhabitants of the Netherworld: Tracking Demons in Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Papyri and Coffins

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by Rita Lucarelli, Assistant Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley

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


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.