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Amulet depicting Lamashtu

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Polished black stone medicinal amulet incised with an image of the lion-headed, bird-clawed demon Lamashtu, filled with reddish-white paste. Such amulets as this were worn by pregnant women to protect them from the demon Lamashtu, who was believed to kill newborn infants and take them for...

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By 1985: Eshagh Sakhaei, Brighton, MA; 1985: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Sakhaei, 27 February 1985. (Accession date: February 27, 1985)

Credit Line

Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Neo-Assyrian Period, 883–612 B.C.

Object Place

Northwestern Iran


Height x width: 3.9 x 3 cm (1 9/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets