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An Exhibition of Ancient Mesopotamian Art

A Gathering of the Gods - the Power of Mesopotamian Religion

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Assyrian Brown Faience Head of Pazuzu
Assyrian Empire; 900-700 BC; Height 1.8 inches

The rare brown faience Pazuzu head shows the demon with most of his usual features. He is the best known male evil spirit associated with the spread of disease. Pazuzu heads were commonly used to shield pregnant women and infants from illness. In addition to its protective function, it may have been a seal. A star is engraved on the bottom surface of the neck.