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Terracotta: AN1929.280

Object: Circular, disk-like face of Humbaba (Huwawa)

Period: Bronze Age: Akkadian to Old Babylonian Period

Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.6cm.

Region: Sumer

Description: mouldmade; baked; red slip on buff fabric; lower left cheek and nose-tip missing; hollow back; pierced on each side between the eye and the ear; the eyes, ears, nose and chin are naturalistically modelled; but the eyebrows end in curls, the mouth gapes wide and a band of lines sweeps from the eyes across the cheeks to end in curls on either side of the chin suggesting a grotesque blend of wrinkles and hair.

Reference: ANET-23Bronze1MesII-Catalogue-1.