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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


Hierakonpolis is famous as the home of the Palette of King Narmer, long considered to be one of the earliest kings of Egypt, but recent work at the site is revealing the tombs of kings some 500 years earlier, who expressed their power not only in the size and wealth of their graves, but also with the people and intriguing array of wild and domestic animals they took with them to the afterlife. A veritable royal menagerie, the buried animals include elephant, hartebeest, wild cattle, hippopotamus, crocodile, leopard, baboons, domestic livestock, dogs and what may be the first domesticated cats! This unique collection of animals gives insight into the physical reality behind early symbols of power and the Egyptian world view.

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.


May 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Egypt's First Zoo: Discoveries in the Elite Cemetery at Hierakonpolis

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor


Presented by Dr. Renée Friedman Heagy Research Curator of Early Egypt at the British Museum and Director of Hierakonpolis Expedition


Free / AAC members; suggested donation $5 / non-members

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