Probably Third Intermediate Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 125

Onuris had many aspects, among them he was a hunter whose prowess represented the control of chaotic forces, and he protected the sun god Re’s bark against Apep. And, apparently already at least from the late eighteenth dynasty, he was identified with Shu and incorporated in versions of the Myth of the Faraway Goddess as the agent sent by Re to retrieve his angry lioness daughter from Nubia.

Onuris and his city of Thinis became prominent in the Ramesside Period with many important officials serving as priests of Onuris. He continued to be important through the first millennium, becoming of emblematic importance to the Kushite kings, and one of the patron gods of the Thirtieth Dynasty kings who arose from Sebennytos, the Delta city of Onuris.

Onuris, Leaded bronze

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