Demoness Lamashtu Amulet

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 14 April 2016

This amulet depicts a Lamashtu standing on a donkey and suckling a jackal and a wild pig. Lamatshu prayed on women in childbirth and newly-born infants. She has a lion head, wings, and eagle's talons. Amulet images show suckling animals and riding a donkey in a boat with the special items described in the rituals against her. Such amulets were usually hung up in bedrooms to repel the demoness Lamashtu. From northern Mesopoptamia, Iraq. Circa 800-550 BCE. (The British Museum, London)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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