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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Mesopotamian, Assyrian period
Title:Amulet
Date Made:900–600 BCE
Type:Adornment
Materials:serpentine
Measurements:Overall: 1 3/4 in x 1/2 in x 2 in; 4.4 cm x 1.3 cm x 5.1 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2010.68
Credit Line:Transferred from the Frost Library Archives and Special Collections (The Henry J. Van Lennep Collection, Class of 1837)
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Label Text:
Mothers kept small stone amulets to protect their infants from evil demons, such as Lamashtu and Pazuzu. Amulets like this one depicting a winged monster are known from several regions of the ancient Near East. Amherst missionary Henry Van Lennep may have acquired this fragmentary example on his travels in eastern Asia Minor.

Tags:
jewelry; ancient; creatures; wings

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