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Mask of Humbaba

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


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

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On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World


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.


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