University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: B5916A
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Iraq
Nippur
Period: Parthian
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Plaster
Iconography:Human Head
Enkidu?
Credit Line:Babylonian Expedition to Nippur, 1900
Other NumberPBS XVI: 191 - Other Number

Description

CBS Register: cast of a mask. stone-inlaid. Bull's ear. Enkidu? Parthian or Achaemenid Period? 18 mm.
PBS XVI: (published as B5916) Cast of a stone mask of Enkidu the bullman, with bull’s ears and crescent horns. It has much in common with the glazed mask above (B15461): inlaid eyes and eyebrows, pierced ears, straight cut forehead, probably surmounted by a separate piece, the crescent horns perhaps in a different material. Enkidu and Gilgamesh are traditional protectors of the gates of temples and places and perhaps also of the graves. Original missing.


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