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Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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


Although Abydos was the burial place of Egypt’s earliest pharaohs, and a place of worship and pilgrimage for the cult of Osiris, the chief god of the Underworld, it is most famous to modern visitors for the splendidly decorated temples of pharaohs Seti I and his son Ramesses II, “the Great.”  Much less well known however is the fact that Abydos also preserves the last royal pyramid complex ever built in Egypt: the monuments built by King Ahmose (1550-1525 BCE) and his powerful sister-wife Queen Ahmose-Nefertary, the founding rulers of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty.  Ahmose’s use of earlier traditions in architecture, along with innovations in decoration and design, set the stage for a new, dynamic ritual landscape.  This lecture will particularly examine how the artists, scribes, priests, and architects of the New Kingdom created visionary ways to convey their thinking about the already ancient past.   The rich archaeological heritage of Abydos, much of it only discovered in recent decades, enables us to follow in the footsteps of ancient individuals negotiating this ancient landscape and connecting themselves to earlier traditions and periods.

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, 2021 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT)

Abydos from Ahmose to Ramesses the Great: An Ancient Cult Center During the New Kingdom

This lecture will be live streamed on Zoom. An e-confirmation with a Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

Presented by Dr. Stephen Harvey Ahmose and Tetisheri Project, Abydos


Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Donations are welcome.

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