Head of the demon Pazuzu
Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian
Height: 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Pazuzu was an Assyrian-Babylonian demonic being of the first millennium BC. He is often considered as an evil underworld demon, but also seems to have been a beneficial protector against pestilential winds. Pazuzu is also closely associated with the demon Lamashtu which caused miscarriage and cot death, acting as an antidote to her evil effects. Pazuzu’s amulets were therefore placed in dwellings and worn around the necks of pregnant women.
By 1962, J.J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York; 1964, sold by Klejman to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 8, 1964)
Helen and Alice Colburn Fund