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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


Thanks to a newly discovered archive of 1400 clay tablets from the Third Dynasty of Ur and written in the Sumerian cuneiform script, the fascinating life of a princess and her husband, a general and physician, has been revealed. From the building of their estate, the running of a complex plantation, the preparation of elaborate food and drink, the manufacturing and trade of clothing and shoes, to the death and funeral feast of her husband, the description of daily life has been unfolded in exquisite detail

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 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Life, Love, and Death on the Estate of a Sumerian Princess in the 21st Century BCE

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor


Presented by Dr. David Owen Bernard and Jane Schapiro Professor, Ancient Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, and Curator of Tablet Collections, Jonathan and Jeannette Rosen Ancient Near Eastern Studies Seminar and Tablet Conservator Laboratory, Cornell University


This lecture is free and open to the public. Suggested donation: $5

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