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Amulets and Figurines
The Assyrian Demon Pazuzu
Pazuzu was widely depicted in Assyrian art of the 1st millennium BC in the form of numerous bronze statuettes and protective amulets, made in a variety of materials ranging from plain terracotta to precious steatite or jasper. During this period, many beliefs and magical practises were associated with Pazuzu. The ring at the top of the statuette suggests that this type of object was worn round the neck or hung up in the home, particularly where invalids were sleeping.
Musee de Louvre, Early 1st millennium BC, Bronze, H. 15 cm; W. 8.60 cm; D. 5.60 cm, MNB 467.