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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Fired clay mask of Humbaba with a crest on his forehead; mould-pressed; plain concave back with traces of scraping marks.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2000BC-1700BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8 centimetres
    • Width: 7 centimetres
    • Thickness: 2.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Monstrous faces such as this appear repeatedly in Mesopotamian art, with magical significance.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Antiquities assigned to the British Museum from the excavations at Ur, season 1930-1931.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • U.16489a (excavation number)
Baked clay mask of a demon of magical significance.

Baked clay mask of a demon of magical significance.

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