Inv. n°: MMoCA854

Figure of Onuris

This arresting Egyptian bronze depicts Onuris, the god of war and patron of the army. He stands with his leg foot stepping forwards, his muscular arms set in a powerful pose. His right arm is raised – it is likely that the remaining part of the lost limb held a weapon as a symbol of his martial associations. His left hand rests, clenched, over his stomach, and his lower body is clothed in a long kilt-like skirt. He wears a finely carved fake beard and on his head is the base of a headdress – it would originally have supported the four-feathered crown associated with the god. His emphatically carved face bears a hardened, calm expression, appropriate to the god of war. Onuris is the Greek name commonly used to refer to the Egyptian deity Anhur, the god of war.

h. 25 cm

3rd Intermediate Period, 1069-664 BC, Egypt

Bronze

Provenance

  • Leopold Hirsch (1867-1932) collection, London
  • William R. Hearst (1863-1951) collection, New York and California
  • Ernest Brummer (1891-1964) collection, Paris
  • Resandro collection, acquired in 1979
  • Acquired at David Aaron Gallery, London

Publications

  • Christie's, The Property of Leopold Hirsch, Esq., London, 7th May 1934, lot 170, p. 54
  • Spink & Son and Galerie Koller, The Ernest Brummer Collection, Zurich, 16-19 October 1979, vol. II. lot 520
  • Philipp von Zabern, Schoske & Wildung, Entdeckungen, Agyptiche Kunst in Suddeutscheland, 1985, p. 128, no. 111
  • Sylvia Schoske & Dietrich Wildung, Gott und Gotter Im Alten Agypten, Schoske & Wildung, 1993, p. 34, no. 18
  • Aesthetic Glimpses: Masterpieces of Ancient Egyptian Art, The Resandro Collection, Grimm-Stadelmann, 2012, p. 102, no. R-378.
  • David Aaron, 2009, lot 11, pp. 56-59

Exhibitions

  • Entdeckungen, Ägyptische Kunst in Süddeutschland, Staatliche Sammlung Ägypischer Kunst, Munich, Germany, 6th October 1985
  • Gott und Götter im Alten Ägypten, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museenzu, Berlin, Germany, 1993
  • Gott und Götter im Alten Ägypten, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Sammlung Ägyptischer Kunst, Munich, Germany, 1993
  • Gott und Götter im Alten Ägypten, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany, 1993
  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from 2020

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