Description: A Palestinian copy of a Mycenaean stirrup jar, decorated with a number of red bands encircling the body. The spout broken and lost, the decoration worn and with some patchy encrustation.
Size: 101 mm/3.9 ins. high
Culture: Palestine, Early Iron Age
Date: c. 12th Century B.C.
Provenance: Ex Peter Negus Collection.
Background: Peter Negus (1920-2012) was a prolific collector who worked in the insurance industry for most of his life. His wife worked for Coutts Bank for many years and they shared an enormous passion for natural history, geology and archaeology, amassing a large and rather indiscriminate collection of fossils, shells and ancient artefacts. He was particularly interested in ancient corals publishing two scientific papers on the subject, which included descriptions of new species. He also had a particular interest in conservation and Egyptology, buying many Egyptian artefacts from dealers in the Drury Lane area of London. He was a member of the Geologists’ Association for over 50 years, acting as Treasurer from 1979 to 1988. Well-known for his geological and archaeological interests and as a colourful raconteur, he left much of his estate to the Egyptology Department of University College, London.
With Peter Negus’s collection label attached.