Mask of the demon Huwawa (Humbaba).
19th-17th c BCE Mesopotamian Bronze Age Applied Arts
(1800 BCE - 1600 BCE)
c. 1800 BCE-1600 BCE
19th-17th c BCE
London. British Museum.
A cuneiform inscription on the back of this mask states that intestines of a sacrificed animal might be found in the shape of Huwawa's face. Coiled intestines of one continuous line like this were an omen of revolution. Huwawa (or Humbaba) was a monster who appeared in the Epic of Gilgamesh.
WARAD-MARDUK | Mask of the demon Huwawa (Humbaba). | c. 1800 BCE-1600 BCE | Mesopotamian | Bronze Age