Neo - Babylonian era - 626-539 B.CE
Height - 5.5 cm / 2-1/4 inches
Width - 5 cm / 2 inches
On offer here is a fine cuneiform tablet that features the striking image of the Mesopotamian demon god Lamashtu.
Made of a limestone and quartzite composition stone it has an aged patina with a light polish.
Lamashtu - a deity of the Assyrian and Babylonian cultures she was a malevolent force.
In the realm of the gods, Lamashtu was the bitter rival of Pazuzu , the king of demons and she would pose a threat to mothers and childbirth and the general health of the mortal population. Having a Lamashtu amulet or statue would be used to neutralize the potential threat for the owner of the amulet driving her and any other evil spirits away.
This particular amulet is a Neo-Assyrian variation that shows Lamashtu with a hairy body, feline head and donkey ears. She stands on a reed boat holding a spindle in her left hand and a comb in her right.
The reverse inscription reads : 'Lamashtu, daughter of An, chosen by the gods, lady, most noble of ladies'
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