This is the face of the demon Humbaba (Huwawa), who was a monster featured and slaughtered in the Epic of Gilgamesh. This example of his features was used in the interpretation of omens. The convolutions of the mask represent the intestines of a sheep examined for divination. There are five lines of cuneiform inscription on the back of this mask (not shown). Old Babylonian Period, 1800-1600 BCE. From Sippar, Southern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (The British Museum, London).
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