A STONE PENDANT OF PAZUZU
Measurements: 2.4 cm - length
Description: A hardstone pendant of Mesopotamian demon Pazuzu. The demon is grimacing, revealing his teeth, has a bearded mane along the jaw line, his eyes bulging. Pazuzu was the king of the evil wind demons, was a composite creature with a lion or dog-like face, the horns of a goat, a human torso, the fore-paws of a lion, a scaly lower body, a snake-headed phallus, a scorpion's tail, and the talons and wings of a bird. Images of Pazuzu were thought to ward off the demon, Lamashtu, and protect against disease-bearing winds, especially the west wind. Plaques depicting Pazuzu were placed in houses and bronze head-pendants were hung around the necks of pregnant women, who were the particular focus of Lamashtu's attacks. Features a suspension loop, suitable for modern wear, back unworked. Pazuzu was most popular in the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian periods, from about the late eighth century BC through the sixth century BC.
In popular culture: Perhaps the most famous modern Pazuzu is the demon that possesses a twelve-year-old girl in the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist. Of the two priests charged with exorcising the demon, one has encountered the same malevolent spirit before, while participating in an archaeological dig.
Reference: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Period: Neo-Assyrian, 8th – 7th cent. BC
Condition: Very fine, intact. Minor scratches on the back.
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