Head of Pazuzu



Head of Pazuzu


Amulet, stone


539-479 BC


Achaemenid Dynasty


Blue chalcedony
11/16 x 3/8 in. (1.7 x 1 cm)

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In Mesopotamian mythology, Pazuzu was the fiercest of all demons and is usually depicted as a combination of animal and human features. He is shown with the body of a man, the head of a snarling dog or a lion on the body of a man, with eagle claws, four wings, and a scorpion tail. Just the head could also be worn as an amulet since Pazuzu was so fearsome he would scare away any lesser demon. He continued to be poplar into the Persian or Achaemenid Period as in this finely carved, small amulet of blue chalcedony, a favorite stone of the era.

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Michael J. Shubin


Monsters, Demons & Winged Beasts: Composite Creatures in the Ancient World, Michael C. Carlos Museum, February 5 - June 19, 2011
Emory Report 62 (September 21, 2009).|
Michael C. Carlos Museum: Highlights of the Collections (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2011), 58-59.


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