Pazuzu, Circa 8th-7th Century BCE


“In Assyrian and Babylonian mythology, Pazuzu (sometimes Fazuzu or Pazuza) was the king of the demons of the wind, and son of the god Hanbi. He also represented the southwestern wind, the bearer of storms and drought…

Pazuzu is often depicted as a combination of diverse animal and human parts. He has the body of a man, the head of a lion or dog, eagle-like taloned feet, two pairs of wings, a scorpion’s tail, and a serpentine penis. He is often depicted with his right hand pointing upward and left hand pointing down…”

From the Wikipedia article on Pazuzu – read the rest, linked here. cuddly little Critter was featured in The Exorcist films. The photo at right is from the Collections of the University of Chicago. Click to enlarge.

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(via Archaic Wonder)

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