Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Onuris

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
664–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Cupreous metal
Dimensions:
H. 12.2 cm (4 13/16 in.); W. 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.); D. 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
10.130.1361
Not on view
Onuris is depicted here, recognizable by his short hair and distinctive garment, which comprises a long patterned kilt, in this case combined with a finely detailed feathered or scaled cuirass. His crown comprises four tall feathers, represented flat and side-by-side, and he has a triple-strap suspension loop on the back. Onuris was a fierce god, known for capturing enemies in battle or hunting dangerous animals. His right arm is raised in the act of spearing a defeated enemy or animal, or holding a rope, which presumably he used to snare his prey. In this role, he personified good conquering and controlling forces of chaos and disruption.
Formerly in the collection of the Reverend Chauncey Murch (died 1907). Collected between 1883 and 1906 while Murch was a missionary in Egypt. Collection purchased by the Museum from the Murch family with funds provided by Helen Miller Gould, 1910.

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