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Head of the demon Pazuzu

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Pazuzu was an Assyrian-Babylonian demonic being of the first millennium BC. He is often considered as an evil underworld demon, but also seems to have been a beneficial protector against pestilential winds. Pazuzu is also closely associated with the demon Lamashtu which caused miscarriage and...

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Provenance

By 1962: with J.J. Klejman, New York; 1964: purchased by the MFA from J. J. Klejman. (Accession Date: April 8, 1964)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian, Neo-Babylonian Period, 625–539 B.C.

Object Place for Label

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Iraq

Dimensions

Height: 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

64.522

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture