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A cylinder seal depicting the gods Ishtar, Shamash, Enki and behind him stands Isimud (circa 2300 BCE).

Isimud (also Isinu; Usmû;[1] Usumu (Akkadian)) is a minor god, the messenger of the god Enki in Sumerian mythology.[2]

He is readily identifiable by his possessing two faces looking in opposite directions.[3]


  1. ^ Jeremy A. Black (1992). Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia. University of Texas Press. p. 75. 
  2. ^ Rafique Ali Jairazbhoy (1965). Oriental influences in Western art. p. 227. 
  3. ^ Ariel Golan (2003). Prehistoric Religion: Mythology, Symbolism. p. 333. 
  • Michael Jordan, Encyclopedia of Gods, Kyle Cathie Limited, 2002