Canaanite Bronze Pazuzu Pendant
An ancient Canaanite bronze pendant weight in the form of the head of the demon Pazuzu, the weight corresponding to one shekel.
Ca. 1900 - 1650 BC.
Pazuzu was the chief demon of the ancient Mesopotamian cosmology. He was depicted with a gnarled dog-like face, human body, dragon fly wings, and talon feet. Pazuzu was manifested in the southwest wind, known for bringing drought and famine during the dry season, and locusts during rainy season. Amulets of Pazuzu were thought to deter other lesser demons, therefore protecting the wearer from harm.
Formerly in an American private collection.