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Mask of Humbaba

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian
Old Babylonian Period
1894–1595 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width: 10.2 x 8.5 cm (4 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1983.581

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects

Terracotta mask of Humbaba, the monster who guarded the sacred 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.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Gift of the Endowment for Biblical Research, Boston