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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE ONURIS
AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE ONURIS

THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, CIRCA 1069-664 B.C.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE ONURIS
THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, CIRCA 1069-664 B.C.
Striding forward with his left leg advanced, wearing a long belted skirt, short wig with a base for a now-missing feather crown, and a false beard, his right arm raised, his left held in front, on a stepped integral plinth with hieroglpyhs reading: 'Quote of Amun-Re, king of the gods of Upper and Lower Egypt, give health, long lifetime, a high, beautiful age to Nes-Ptah, son of Wenem-a-Amun, who was born of...'
9 ¾ in. (25 cm.) high
Provenance
Leopold Hirsch (1867-1932) collection, London.
The Property of Leopold Hirsch, Esq.; Christie's, London, 7 May 1934, lot 170.
William R. Hearst (1863-1951) collection, New York and California.
Ernest Brummer (1891-1964) collection, Paris.
The Ernest Brummer Collection, Vol. II; Spink & Son and Galerie Koller, Zurich, 16-19 October, 1979, lot 520.
Resandro collection, acquired from the above sale.
Exhibited
Munich, Staatliche Sammlung Ägypischer Kunst, Entdeckungen, Ägyptische Kunst in Süddeutschland, 30 August-6 October 1985.
Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung; Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; Munich, Staatliche Sammlung Ägyptischer Kunst Munchen; Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Gott und Götter im Alten Ägypten, 1992-1993.

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Lot Essay

PUBLISHED:
Schoske & Wildung, 1985, p. 128, no. 111.
Schoske & Wildung, 1993, p. 34, no. 18.
Grimm-Stadelmann, 2012, p. 102, no. R-378.

Onuris (The Greek name commonly used for the Egyptian Anhur) was the Egyptian god of war and patron of the armed forces. His cult was focused in Abydos in Upper Egypt, particularly in the city of Thinis. In figural depictions, Onuris is often shown wearing a kilt and four-feathered headdress, with his right arm raised in the act of slaying an animal or enemy, or alternatively, holding a rope presumably used to capture his prey. Unsurprisingly given the martial connection, Onuris was a popular god amongst the Romans. The Emperor Tiberius chose to depict himself on a column shaft in the temple of Kom Ombo wearing the god's characteristic plumed crown.

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