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AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN AMULET DEPICTING ONURIS AND TEFNUT

AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN AMULET DEPICTING ONURIS AND TEFNUT


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An unusual and rare faience amulet, in the shape of a stele, depicting the god Onuris, wearing an embroidered robe and a plumed crown, and the goddess Tefnut, Tefnut was depicted in the form of a woman with the head of a lioness and wearing the solar disk on her head. She holds in her hands the sceptre and ankh. 600-300 B.C. 1 3/4 inches high. Intact with an intact suspension loop. From an old Dutch collection. Onuris was a warrior sky-god whose primary cult center was near Abydos. Onuris was often identified with the sky god Shu and was called the "son of Re. His name meant "He Brought Back the Distant One" (an alternate translation is "Sky-Bearer"). This is a reference to the myth in which Shu, as Onuris, retrieved Tefnut when she ran away to Nubia. Onuris' consort, Mekhit, was often identified with Tefnut, and both goddesses were portrayed as lioness-headed women.