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In ancient Sumerian artwork, Isimud is easily identifiable due to the fact that he is always depicted with two faces facing in opposite directions in a way that is similar to the ancient Roman god, Janus.
Isimud is featured 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. In the myth, Isimud also serves as a messenger, telling Inanna to return the Mes to Enki or face the consequences. In the legend, Isimud plays a similar role to Ninshubur, Inanna's sukkal.
- Jeremy A. Black (1992). Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia. University of Texas Press. p. 75.
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- Michael Jordan, Encyclopedia of Gods, Kyle Cathie Limited, 2002