About this object

Finely carved ovoid shaped jar with pointed base and curved rim. Marked in ink: "Nagada. Cas. Dec. 23 1901. 1[?]39".

Acquired by Cairo based antiquities dealer Michel Casira in 1901. The jar is thought to have previously have been in the collection of Martin Kennard (b. 1833, d. 1911) but it doesn’t seem to appear in the catalogue of the four day auction at Sotheby’s, London 16 – 19 July 1912. By at least 1922 the jar was in the collection of Reverend Randolph Berens (b. 1844, d. 1923) and was 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 by Mrs Berens at Sotheby’s in 1923 (either at the 29 or 31 July sale). The jar made its way into the collection of Sir Francis Danson of Liverpool (either purchased at auction or from Talbot Ready). 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
  • 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
    Eleanor Frances Berens ( Previous owner); 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)

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.

  • Egyptian Antiquities in the Liverpool Museum: a List of the Provenanced Objects

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Southworth, Edmund

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Southworth, Edmund
    Publisher: Aris and Phillips Ltd
    Date: 1986


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
  • Eleanor Frances Berens

    Owned from: 1922-12-22
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1926-07-03
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Randolph Humphrey Berens

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1922-12-22
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Michel Casira

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