Onuris, Cupreous metal


Late Period
ca. 664–332 BC
From Egypt
Cupreous metal
H. 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.); W. 2.4 cm (15/16 in.); D. 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Onuris is depicted here, recognizable by his short hair and distinctive garment, which comprises a short kilt over a long patterned one, in this case combined with a detailed feathered or scaled cuirass. A double feather crown, rather than the frequent four feather crown, rests on his short hair, which is here oddly rendered with thick horizontal ridges . 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 Henry Wallis Collection (d. 1916). Acquired by Lord Carnarvon. Carnarvon Collection, acquired by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.