Plaque for protection against Lamashtu

Plaque en bronze représentant une scène d'exorcisme contre la Lamashtu.

This bronze plaque, with two suspension rings, represents a scene of exorcism against the demon Lamashtu, who appears as a hybrid creature in the lower register. In the central register, we see the patient, lying on a bed, surrounded by exorcists represented as fish-men, and on the right by genii protecting them. The seven figures above, with animal heads and human bodies, are genii who serve the gods and appear as symbols. The demon Pazuzu, whose head and legs appear at the top of the plaque, and who is also represented at the bottom left, is invoked to frighten away Lamashtu (8th century BCE, site of Arslan Tash, Syria, Louvre, AO 22205).

© RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Franck Raux

© RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Franck Raux


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