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GBP (£) 800 - 1,000
EUR (€) 960 - 1,200
USD ($) 970 - 1,220

Opening Bid
£800 (EUR 956; USD 974) (+bp*)

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JEWISH MAGIC BOWL WITH PAINTED DEMON AND ARAMAIC INCANTATION AGAINST EVIL SPIRITS
CIRCA 4TH-8TH CENTURY A.D.

A conical ceramic bowl bearing a series of painted Aramaic incantations arranged in circumferential bands to the internal wall, incorporating a trapezoidal panel containing a demon figure. 5 7/8 in. (275 grams, 15 cm wide).

PROVENANCE:
Acquired before 1988.
From an important deceased gentleman’s collection by descent.

FOOTNOTES:
Aramaic incantation bowls are particular to the Sassanian period and have been found in regions of modern Iraq. These simple ceramic bowls, also known as magic bowls, each contain an Aramaic inscription, written in ink, which spirals from the centre. The bowls seem to have played an important part in domestic life. For example, during excavations in Nippur in 1889, one or more incantation bowls were found in each house together with domestic artefacts, most often in doorways or under floorboards in the corner of rooms. The bowls are predominantly apotropaic, and the inscriptions tend to protect their owners from misfortunes such as those faced in childbirth, illness and evil spirits.

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