Ovoid shaped jar with pointed base. Marked in ink: "Nagada. Cas. Dec. 23 1901. 1[?]39".
Michel Casira is the likely vendor who sold the jar to Martin Kennard (b. 1833, d. 1911) if he visited Egypt, or possibly via an agent, maybe W. M. Flinders Petrie whose excavations were sponsored by Kennard. John Garstang certainly did this for patrons of his excavations, such as Sir Francis Danson who would ask Garstang to acquire choice pieces for him from antiquities dealers in Luxor. The breccia jar and the rest of what remained of Kennard’s collection (after he had donated some of it to the British Museum, Ashmolean Museum and Manchester Museum etc) was sold off in a four day auction at Sotheby’s auction house in London 16 – 19 July 1912. The breccia jar was bought by Reverend Randolph Berens (b. 1844, d. 1923) and exhibited at the 1922 ‘Exhibition of Egyptian Art’ at the Burlington Fine Arts Club, London. A photograph of it was included in the accompanying catalogue (pl. XXVII, no. 25). After the death of Revd. Berens the breccia jar was sold at Sotheby’s on 18 June 1923 and made its way into the collection of Sir Francis Danson of Liverpool. Sir Francis was an average adjuster, calculating liabilities for marine insurance, and as a pastime he collected Egyptian and Classical antiquities. After his death in 1926 his collection passed to his son Lieutenant Colonel JR Danson who bequeathed the collection to World Museum in 1977.