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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


The ancient Egyptian netherworld was populated by embodied creatures with supernatural powers and hybrid appearance, which are conventionally called “demons” or daimones and which function, as in many other ancient and modern religions, as a sort of lesser gods, protectors or genii. In this lecture a catalogue of such creatures will be presented and discussed, on the basis of the evidence coming mainly from the mortuary papyri of the Book of the Dead and from the coffins produced during the first millennium BCE.

Lecture in memory of Dr. Rolf Scherman

Lecture made possible by the tribute gifts in memory of Rolf Scherman—donor, friend, and supporter

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, 2016 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Inhabitants of the Netherworld: Tracking Demons in Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Papyri and Coffins

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor


Presented by Rita Lucarelli Assistant Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley


Lecture is free and open to the public; donations are always gratefully accepted

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