12 June 2002
A WESTERN ASIATIC RED STEATITE HUMBABA PENDANT
Circa 8th-7th Century B.C.
The grimacing face with small almond-shaped eyes beneath arching brows, his open mouth framed by long strands of hair which form volutes at his chin, a suspension loop above, the reverse with a pattern of drilled dots
1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm) long
European Private Collection
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Humbaba the Terrible was a demon who Gilgamesh had to confront on his journey to the Cedar Forest. Gilgamesh defeats Humbaba, but not before the demon curses Enkidu, Gilgamesh's travel partner, to an early death.
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