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Relief with Onuris-Shu
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Relief with Onuris-Shu

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Description Here, the god Onuris-Shu holds an ankh, the hieroglyphic sign for life, in one hand and a was scepter, an animal-headed staff symbolizing power, in the other. Four plumes rise from a circlet atop his short wig, and a protective uraeus (sacred cobra) rises from his brow. The god wears a long, sheer, patterned garment, a divine beard, a wesekh, or beaded broad collar, and a necklace with a shrine-shaped pendant. A portion of the hand and scepter of another divine figure remain behind Onuris-Shu. The inscriptions suggest that the relief was once part of a scene of adoration.
Date Description Narrative
Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris, [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase [as from temple near Suez]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

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285-246 BCE (Ptolemaic)
red granite
Accession Number
51 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (130.8 x 57.1 cm)
Location Within Museum
Centre Street: Second Floor: Lobby


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