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Fragmentary mask of Humbaba

Upper half of a terracotta mask of Humbaba, the monster who guarded the Cedar Forest on behalf of the god Enlil in Sumerian epic poetry. Images of Humbaba's face were commonly used as household charms to frighten away demons that might harm the home and its occupants.


By 1983: Endowment for Biblical Research, Boston; 1983: Given to the MFA by the Endowment for Biblical Research, Boston (from the Zion Research Foundation) 7 December 1983.

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Gift of the Endowment for Biblical Research, Boston

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian, Old Babylonian Period, 1894–1595 B.C.

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The Ancient World


Religious and cult objects