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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


There can be little doubt that when the body of pharaoh Ramses II was prepared for burial, Egyptian embalmers applied state-of-the-art methods to it. But what were those methods and how did they compare to the treatments lavished on other mummies of the time? While intact mummies of the Nineteenth Dynasty are relatively rare, it is possible, nevertheless, to reconstruct the principles recognized by professional embalmers of the period through reference to the writings of Ramesside times and by examining data acquired in historical unwrappings and in modern CT studies. This presentation will take a fresh look at how mummification developed for elite and common people alike during the New Kingdom.

This program is supported by Elizabeth Moyer, PhD, and Michael Powanda, PhD; Bernard and Jane von Bothmer, in honor of the late Bernard V. Bothmer; and Sheila Wishek.

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, 2022 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT)

Ozymandias Undertaken: an overview of New Kingdom mummification patterns

In person (Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118) and livestream (


Presented by Dr. Jonathan Elias Director, Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium


Lecture is free and open to the public. It is also a hybrid event. IN PERSON: Seating is limited and unassigned. The Koret Auditorium will open its doors at 1:30 pm. LIVE STREAM: online (

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