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Head of Pazuzu - Rare Early Fragment - Mesopotamia - Circa 1000 BC

Circa 1000 BC

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Very early fragment of the head of the Pazuzu. From the research we have conducted, also with the opinions of experts within the field of ancient antiquities, sculptural representations of the appearance of Pazuzu have evolved from the early interpretations of the Mesopotamia region, right through to modern day incarnations within popular culture. Pazuzu is the demon of the southwest wind known for bringing famine during dry seasons, and locusts during rainy seasons. Pazuzu was invoked in apotropaic amulets, which combat the powers of his rival, the malicious goddess Lamashtu, who was believed to cause harm to mother and child during childbirth. Although Pazuzu is, himself, considered to be an evil spirit, he drives and frightens away other evil spirits, therefore protecting humans against plagues and misfortunes. This is a fine example of early sculpture with exceptional provenance, likely from the Mesopotamia region and dating to approximately 1000 BC. Mesopotamia is a historical region in Western Asia situated within the Tigris–Euphrates river system, in modern days roughly corresponding to most of Iraq, Kuwait, parts of Northern Saudi Arabia, the eastern parts of Syria, Southeastern Turkey, and regions along the Turkish–Syrian and Iran–Iraq borders. Sculpture Dimensions : H 9.3cm x W 4cm x D 4.3cm Dimensions inclusive of plinth: H 16.3cm x W 7cm x D 7cm Provenance: From the Collection of His Excellency Mr Aslam Malik former Pakistan High Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand, The collection was assembled in the 1950s and 60s Thence by family decent to the previous owner Paintings Drawings Prints procuring acquisition of part collection in 2018 Exhibition Provenance: “A Perspective In History and Art from Ancient Times Pakistan” Exhibition held at The Pakistan Embassy, Canberra, Australia, opening on the 26th of March 1969. Aslam Malik was a scholar, collector, author and Pakistan Government representative. He held a great passion for art and archeology specifically that of which was representative of his own cultural heritage. The Exhibition was opened on the 26th of March 1969 by Her Excellency, Lady Casey at the Pakistan Embassy, Canberra. The exhibition was a display of Antiquities from the private collection of Mr Malik in conjunction with works held in the collections of the Museums of Peshawar, Lahore, Taxila, Mohenjo-Daro and the National Museum of Karachi. The Exhibition was assembled with the assistance of Dr F.A. Khan Director of Archeology, Government of Pakistan. Selected pieces from the Canberra exhibition were further exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15th August 1969–07 September 1969. The catalogue has descriptions of all works within the exhibition. A Hunting Frieze (representations of the former lives of Buddha) was donated by Mr Malik from his personal collection to the AGNSW in 1970. Accession Number EV1.1970 This item complies with the "UNESCO 1970 Rule” which states that antiquities should be held suspect and considered illicit only if they have no collecting or excavation history prior to 1970. All the pottery fragments were exhibited at the Canberra Exhibition however were absent from the AGNSW exhibition. All are from the Private Collection of Mr Aslam Malik. The catalogue of works in the Canberra exhibition are not all identified. This work was featured however it is not published. The exhibition likely had a seperate sheet corresponding to what works were being shown as only select pieces are identified. A rare single copy of the original exhibition catalogue from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, “5000 years of Pakistan; art and archaeology” 1969 is available for purchase together with the Antiquities. Three original copies of “A Perspective In History and Art from Ancient Times Pakistan” from the Canberra exhibition are also available for purchase.

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  • Creation Year
    Circa 1000 BC
  • Medium
  • Condition
    Fair
  • Condition Details
    Some losses, and wear considerate with age. Item sits plinth via a shaped wooden dowel that fits into an already existing hollow at the base of the fragment. We only utilise existing elements to hold items, the piece can be easily lifted & held.
  • Dimensions
    H 3.67 in. x W 1.58 in. x D 1.7 in.H 9.3 cm x W 4 cm x D 4.3 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Pymble, AU
  • Reference Number
    LU97713900182
  • More Editions & Sizes
    Dimensions inclusive of plinth: H 16.3cm x W 7cm x D 7cmPrice: $1,750
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