About this object

Ovoid shaped jar made of limestone breccia with two pierced lug handles and a flat rim. Most probably Early Naqada II in date. The rim slightly chipped in places, but otherwise in excellent condition. Sticker on the rim with the number 180 in ink. Base is marked in black ink "928", "E" and " £MR"; with trace of a number begnning with 5 in red.

Sold at Sotheby Wilkinson and Hodge, London, 18 June 1923, Lot 29 "A red and yellow Breccia Vase, elliptical, with flat rim and two lateral tubular handles, 6 in. high; from Howali" (1923 p.5, pl. II).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada II)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    3500 BC about
  • Materials
    Limestone breccia
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Lt. Col. John Raymond Danson
  • Collector
    Randolph Humphrey Berens
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1923 before
  • Measurements
    155 mm x 108 mm x 95 mm
  • Note
    Compare with Ali el-Khouli, Egyptian Stone Vessels Predynastic Period to Dynasty III (Mainz, 1978) nos. 1411-1423 (pl. 56).
  • Related people
    Randolph Humphrey Berens ( Collector, previous owner); Edith Danson ( Previous owner); Francis Chatillon Danson ( Collector, previous owner); John Raymond Danson ( Previous owner)

Explore related


  • Catalogue of Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman antiquities Etc (Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge Sale Catalogue, 18 June 1923)


    Author: Sotheby's
    Publisher: Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge
    Date: 1923
    Description: Sale catalogue of Revd. Randolph Humphrey Beren's Egyptian antiquities collection sold as 155 lots at Sotheby's 18 June 1923. A further collection belonging to his wife was sold at Sotheby's 29 July 1923 (lots 299-313) and 31 July 1923 (114 lots). There are objects from the 18 June 1923 sale within World Museum's collection via Sir Francis Danson and Sir Henry Wellcome (and possibly others from the 2 later sale's of Mrs Beren's)

  • Museum Acquisitions, 1978 in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology vol. 66

    Bourriau, Janine (editor)

    Author: Bourriau, Janine (editor)
    Publisher: Egypt Exploraration Society
    Date: 1980
    Description: A list of Egyptian antiquities acquired in 1978 by museums in the United Kingdom. The article contains a complete list of the Danson collection of Egyptian antiquities acquired by World Museum in 1977.


Previous owners

  • John Raymond Danson

    Owned from: 1950-08-03
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1976-06-18
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Edith Danson

    Owned from: 1926-07-03
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1950-08-03
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Francis Chatillon Danson

    Owned from: 1923-06-18
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1926-07-03
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Randolph Humphrey Berens

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1923-06-18
    Disposal method: Sold
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