Incantation bowls were used as receptacles for written spells to trap demons attempting to steal children during the night.


Left: Circular geometric / abstract design on inner base, with approximately 10 or more lines of Aramaic script, circa 5th - 6th Century CE. One of the languages of the Semitic family, Aramaic was derived from Phoenician, and is the oral language of modern Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey.

Right: Three or more lines of Aramaic script around the top of the interior, circa 5th - 6th century CE.

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