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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


This lecture explores concepts of kingship and their visual expression in the arts: Kingship in ancient Iran has a long history that drew from the royal arts of Assyria to express empire. Achaemenid kings in succession developed these conceptual representations brilliantly, contributing to visual expressions of kingship in Sasanian Iran, which in turn influenced later expressions of piety and power in the Islamic world and beyond.

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 14, 2022 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT)

The Arts of Royalty in Sasanian Iran

This program will be live streamed on Zoom. An e-confirmation will be sent to registered participants.

Presented by Carol Bier Research Scholar, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union


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

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