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Amulet with a Lamashtu demon Amulett mit Dämon Lamashtu, Kalkstei, 700-600.vor Chr. Neu-Babylonisch, Mesopotamien   Metropolitan Museum

Amulet with a Lamashtu demon Amulett mit Dämon Lamashtu, Kalkstei, 700-600.vor Chr. Neu-Babylonisch, Mesopotamien Metropolitan Museum

The Dogue de Bordeaux belongs to the hound group of Molossers.  “ The name originates from the dog breed Molossus which lived in c. 700BC. The Assyrians  (a nation that historically lived in central and north Mesopotamia, an area now known as Irak) used the Molossers as guard and hunting dogs, which is portrayed in paintings and carvings from this time.One of the first written descriptions dates from 326BC and describes a large dog with  stubby, broad teeth.

The Dogue de Bordeaux belongs to the hound group of Molossers. “ The name originates from the dog breed Molossus which lived in c. 700BC. The Assyrians (a nation that historically lived in central and north Mesopotamia, an area now known as Irak) used the Molossers as guard and hunting dogs, which is portrayed in paintings and carvings from this time.One of the first written descriptions dates from 326BC and describes a large dog with stubby, broad teeth.

Lamashtu amulet

Lamashtu amulet

relief showing the exorcism of a sick man tormented by the goddess Lamashtu Assyria 8th c. BC

relief showing the exorcism of a sick man tormented by the goddess Lamashtu Assyria 8th c. BC

1788-18568Relief of hunting scene with dogs and traps, from Nineveh

1788-18568Relief of hunting scene with dogs and traps, from Nineveh

Horn with a tip in the form of a half-figure of a dog. Mid-5th century BC. Semibratny burial mound 4. Kuban basin, Russia. Gold

Horn with a tip in the form of a half-figure of a dog. Mid-5th century BC. Semibratny burial mound 4. Kuban basin, Russia. Gold

The Babylonians believed that the demoness Lamashtu was responsible for still births and cot-deaths. A woman would have worn this quartzite stone amulet (now broken) during pregnancy and labour so that the fierce demons on it, and the incantation on the back, would scare Lamashtu away.

The Babylonians believed that the demoness Lamashtu was responsible for still births and cot-deaths. A woman would have worn this quartzite stone amulet (now broken) during pregnancy and labour so that the fierce demons on it, and the incantation on the back, would scare Lamashtu away.

Pre-dynastic Egyptian petroglyph fragment

Pre-dynastic Egyptian petroglyph fragment

Un gran perro utilizado para la caza del león. Mosaico romano.

Un gran perro utilizado para la caza del león. Mosaico romano.

Ostracon from Ramesseid period XIX - XX dynasty

Ostracon from Ramesseid period XIX - XX dynasty

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