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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Lamashtu amulet with incomplete cuneiform inscription; representation of the demon Lamashtu standing on an ass suckling jackal and wild pig.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 800BC-550BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 2.5 inches
    • Length: 5 inches
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Comment

        Incomplete inscription; incantation to Lamashtu.
  • Curator's comments

    A photograph of the amulet was displayed among graphics in the Jewellery through 7000 Years exhibition (BM).

  • Bibliography

    • Klengel 1960 41 bibliographic details
    • Budge E A W 1930a p. 97 no.3, pl. XIII.2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G55/dc9

  • Exhibition history


    2014 - 2015 22 Sep - 5 Jan, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by Woolley from Carchemish funds. Deposit book, 21? May 1925, gives "Syria" for 1925-7-15 collection but departmental report and minutes indicate that the objects from dig and have "recently come to light" with no mention of payment.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Amulet with a figure of Lamashtu


COMPASS Title: Amulet with a figure of Lamashtu

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