The demon Lamashtu

Plaque représentant la démone Lamashtu

Stone plaque conserved in the British Museum representing the demon Lamashtu suckling a jackel and a wild pig and holding two snakes in her hands. This lion-headed creature with the legs of a bird of prey and the body of a woman is a fallen goddess. She was thought to cause the death of infants and women in childbirth. Rituals were performed to ward off Lamashtu, who was symbolically offered provisions, toiletry accessories and a mount to encourage her to set off on her journey back to the underworld. These objects are represented on the amulet. (Assyria, 800-550 BCE, BM 117759)

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