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Marvelous Menagerie: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel

April 23, 2011July 24, 2011

First unearthed in 1996 in a rescue excavation in Lod, ancient Diospolis, Israel, this large and extraordinarily detailed mosaic floor has only recently been carefully removed from its site and conserved. Found in a large villa believed to belong to a wealthy Roman, the excellently preserved mosaic floor dates to about AD 300. Two rectangular end panels flank a large square medallion. The medallion and one of the end panels contain depictions of delightful animals and exotic beasts.


Marvelous Menagerie: A Roman Mosaic is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Israel Antiquities Authority from the collections of the National Treasures.

Lead Patron

The Selz Foundation


The Koret Foundation
Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund
American Express


Concepcion S. and Irwin Federman
Alexander M. & June L. Maisin Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund
The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation

Lod mosaic panel

Mosaic floor side panel with hexagonal medallions, Roman, ca. AD 300. Excavated at Lod (Lydda), Israel. Stone tesserae, 13 feet x 5 feet 3 inches. Israel Antiquities Authority and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center. Image courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

Helen Diller Family Annual Lecture Series: Archaeological Discoveries in Israel—The Lod Mosaic and Its Menagerie: Roman Influence in Local Mosaic Art

April 27, 2011 - 7:00pm

Speaker: Miriam Avissar, Senior Archaeologist, Israel Antiquities Authority

This lecture is held in conjuction with the exhibition Marvelous Menagerie: A Roman Mosaic (opening April 23, 2011) at the Legion of Honor. 

Reception to follow lecture.

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Part V of The Eye of the Painter: Ancient Greek Pottery Lecture Series: The Art of South Italian Vases

February 26, 2011 - 2:00pm

Speaker: Keely Heuer, Dietrich von Bothmer Fellow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Using as a point of the departure the volute krater attributed to the Baltimore Painter on view at the Legion of Honor, this talk explores the unique imagery found on Apulian vase, particularly on those vases of monumental scale, which not only reflects their funerary use, but also provides clear evidence for frequent dramatic performances (both tragedies and comedies) in this region despite the lack of evidence for permanent theaters.

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Organ Concert

March 26, 2011 -
March 27, 2011 -

The Legion of Honor's Skinner organ is the world's only indoor/outdoor organ. View extraordinary art as you listen to a free concert.

Keith Thompson presents an organ pops concert, including light classics, Broadway favorites, programmatic works, and highlights from organ literature.

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