Black stone statue, quartzite-limestone composite, 20 cm tall (9"), 11 cm wingspan (4.5"), with description
Reproduction of the ancient Sumerian-Babylonian tomb guardian Pazuzu, elemental demon of wind and pestilence.
The oldest of all demons, Pazuzu is first to appear in the Western tradition and responsible for a plethora of demons, devils and genies in the cultures which follow.
As archetypal monster, Pazu incorporates a composite of astrological characteristics and is portrayed with horns, serpentine face, the wings of an eagle, the legs and paws of a lion and scorpion tail.
Personification of the "evil wind that brings pestilence," Pazuzu is one of the famous Seven Sumerian Demons dispatched upon a hapless earth by the celestial dragon goddess Tiamat during her epic battle with the solar deity Marduk.
In the form of the Demon Storm Bird, Pazu achieved heroic status for stealing the Tablets of Destiny from Tiamat and restoring them to the Sun God. As a result, icons of Pazuzu were used ever after for warding off evil forces.
Pazu was worn as an amulet, statues were set on household shelves and placed next to sleeping children to guard them from demons who prey upon babies and mothers. Figurines like this were also left in tombs to protect the dead.
Pazu’s protective presence on the eaves of ancient temples is still echoed today by the winged gargoyles clutching the roof-tops of Medieval churches and Gothic buildings.
(500 gms - 1.1 lb)
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