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Akkadian cylinder seal from sometime around 2300 BC or thereabouts depicting the deities Inanna, Utu, Enki, and Isimud, who is characteristically shown with two faces

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

In ancient Sumerian artwork, Isimud is easily identifiable because he is always depicted with two faces facing in opposite directions in a way that is similar to the ancient Roman god Janus.[3]


Isimud appears in the legend of Inanna and Enki, in which he is the one who greets Inanna upon her arrival to the E-Abzu temple in Eridu. He also is the one who informs Enki that the mes have been stolen.[4] In the myth, Isimud also serves as a messenger, telling Inanna to return the mes to Enki or face the consequences.[5] Isimud plays a similar role to Ninshubur, Inanna's sukkal. Isimud also appears in the myth of Enki and Ninhursag, in which he acts as Enki's messenger and emissary.[5]


  1. ^ Black & Green 1992, p. 75.
  2. ^ Ali Jairazbhoy 1965, p. 227.
  3. ^ Golan 2003, p. 333.
  4. ^ "Inana and Enki: translation".
  5. ^ a b Black & Green 1992, p. 110.