Classics and Archaeology Virtual Museum

The Penha Collection

The E de la Penha Collection was a private collection acquired by the Cypriot Government and some of it subsequently (1953) sold to the Australian Institute of Archaeology.

It has been said that the Penha collection was illegal. In a public lecture on 28 October 1999, Robert Merrillees reported that in fact Penha bequeathed his collection to the Cypriot Department of Antiquities, which moved it to their Museum within a month of his death in the first half of 1953. The Collection numbered about 450 pieces. Information about the provenance of these pieces has not yet come to light, so classification is possible only by comparison with pieces from published excavations in Cyprus.

Objects from the Penha Collection were purchased by the University from the Australian Institute of Archaeology as part of the large Cypriot purchase in 1987. In the Virtual Museum database 33 objects are designated as from the Penha Collection. For two of these a Penha number has not been recorded. The other 31 objects include the following Penha numbers: 2, 4, 9, 18, 25, 29, 30, 35, 44, 130, 146, 150, 162, 169, 181, 205, 213, 215, 218, 230, 234, 246, 252, 256, 265, 268, 273, 275, 278, 282, 285+114.

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