Clay mask from the old Babylonian era

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published on 30 January 2014

A clay mask depicting a face with acting expressions. Mesopotamian art usually portrays human faces in a poker-like configuration. This one has 3 small holes at the upper part which might have been used to attach it to a necklace with the purpose of incantation/exorcism. Mesopotamia, old Babylonian era, 2000-1500 BCE, Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq.

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP (Glasg)
A consultant neurologist and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia.

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