Is the British Museum afraid of an ancient Assyrian curse?
Surely not. The famous Bloomsbury museum possesses many spooky treasures that it displays without so much as a shudder. Its collection of Egyptian mummies is the stuff of Hammer horror. It possesses the magical accessories of the Elizabethan magus John Dee and a bronze Mesopotamian demon that fans of The Exorcist will have no trouble recognising as Pazuzu. Yet it is apparently unlikely to place a bid at Bonhams in London on 3 April for a fragment of an Assyrian stele that carries a curse written in cuneiform, even though it owns the other part of the relic. Read more
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Demons, Mummies, and Ancient Curses: Should the British Museum Be Afraid?
The British museum already teems with spooky objects. Could an ancient Assyrian artwork prove one curse too many?