A NEO-ASSYRIAN BRONZE PAZUZU AMULET
A NEO-ASSYRIAN BRONZE PAZUZU AMULET

CIRCA 8TH-7TH CENTURY B.C.

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A NEO-ASSYRIAN BRONZE PAZUZU AMULET
Circa 8th-7th Century B.C.
Solid cast, the demon's leonine head with an open mouth revealing fangs and tongue, with bulging eyes and projecting ears, his neck tapering below, a suspension loop above
2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm) long

Lot Essay

Amulets of the demon Pazuzu, son of the west wind, were worn by women in labor for protection against the female demon Lamashtu (see lot 537), who was feared for her attacks on unborn and newly-born babies. For related amulets see nos. 63 & 64 in Curtis and Reade, Art and Empire, Treasures from Assyria in the British Museum.
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