Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

King Zimri-Lim ruled from Mari (on the Euphrates roughly where Syria meets Iraq) around 1760 BCE, just about the time his ally, Hammurabi of Babylon, was preparing his famous Code of Law. The archives Zimri-Lim left behind consist of 15,000 cuneiform tablets, including very personal letters exchanged among the king's immediate family, many of whom were women. With them, we may observe how women created influential places for themselves in a world otherwise dominated by men.

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.



The Women of Mari: Queens, Wives, Brides, and Daughters in 18th-Century BC Mesopotamia

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Dr. Jack Sasson

Free / AAC members; suggested donations of $5 / non-AAC members


Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


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.

May 7, 2021 - August 29, 2021