A JEWISH TERRACOTTA INCANTATION BOWL
Catalog:Pottery:Near Eastern: stock #1299837
Mesopotamia; c. 4th-7th Century CE
Period of the Mishnahand the Talmud
This wheel-made bowl is inscribed with an Hebrew spiral incantation, now mostly illegible, within a painted band. Although there is great variety in the incantations used on these bowls they all served the same purpose of capturing and containing demons and other evil spirits before they could enter the home and prey on its inhabitants. Such bowls were common in the Near East in Late Antiquity and were buried, upside down, under the entrance to the home.
In very fine and original condition. Slight cracks to edge and surface wear.
Diameter: 15.2 cm (5.98 inches)
Similar examples in The Metropolitan Museum, New York and The British Museum, London.
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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Shaul Shaked, et. al., â€śAramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls. Vol 1â€ť, (Leiden, 2013)
J. B. Segal, â€śCatalogue of the Aramaic and Mandaic Incanatation Bowls in the British Museumâ€ť, (London, 2000)