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Sumerian jasper amulet in the form of a lion-headed demon

Stock Number: x9100
A Sumerian jasper amulet in the form of the lion-headed demon.
Price
Sales price $3300.00

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Description

A Sumerian jasper amulet in the form of the lion-headed demon Imdugud (Zu), servant of the sky god Enlil. This minor deity was associated with thunder. In the general form of a domed, flat-backed circular bead, the features of the face have been carved with a high level of finesse to suggest the demon's head in profile. The reverse is incised with a network of hatched designs. A drill hole for suspension runs longitudinally from the crown of the head.

 

Origin:

Late 3rd to early 2nd millennium B.C. Mesopotamia

Dimensions:

3.0 x 2.9 x 1.1 cm
Condition: A tiny section of superficial loss to the base of the nose; otherwise intact, with excellent patina and accretions within the incised details.