Fragmentary mask of Humbaba
Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian
Old Babylonian Period
Height x width: 7 x 8.8 cm (2 3/4 x 3 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Upper half of a terracotta mask of Humbaba, the monster who guarded the Cedar Forest on behalf of the god Enlil in Sumerian epic poetry. Images of Humbaba’s face were commonly used as household charms to frighten away demons that might harm the home and its occupants.
By 1983: Endowment for Biblical Research, Boston; 1983: Given to the MFA by the Endowment for Biblical Research, Boston (from the Zion Research Foundation) 7 December 1983.
Gift of the Endowment for Biblical Research, Boston