About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada III/'Dynasty 0')
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date made
    3200 BC - 3100 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Lt. Col. John Raymond Danson
  • Collector
    Michel Casira
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    200 mm x 123 mm
  • Note
    Compare with Oriental Institute Museum (Chicago, USA) inventory no. E11085 (218 mm tall).
  • Related people
    Randolph Humphrey Berens (Previous owner); Michel Casira (Collector, previous owner); Edith Danson (Previous owner); Francis Chatillon Danson (Collector, previous owner); John Raymond Danson (Previous owner); Henry Martin Kennard (Previous owner)

Explore related


  • Catalogue Of An Exhibition Of Ancient Egyptian Art (Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1922)

    Publisher: Burlington Fine Arts Club
    Date: 1922
    Description: Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Burlington Fine Arts Club in London, 1922. Available online http://openlibrary.org/books/OL7159383M/Catalogue_of_an_exhibition_of_ancient_Egyptian_art.

  • Sotheby's Sale Catalogue, 16 - 19 July 1912


    Author: Sotheby's
    Publisher: Sotheby's
    Date: 1912
    Description: Sale catalogue of Henry Martin Kennard's Egyptian antiquities collection sold as 743 lots at Sotheby's 16 - 19 July 1912, realizing £5,220. There are objects from this sale within World Museum's collection via Sir Francis Danson and Sir Henry Wellcome.


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: 1912
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1923-06-18
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Martin Kennard

    Owned from: 1901
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1912
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Michel Casira

    Owned from: 1901
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1901
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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