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Manichaean Syriac Incantation Bowl, 5th-7th Century AD

Manichaean Syriac Incantation Bowl, 5th-7th Century AD


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Ceramics: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1039337
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Syriac Aramaic incantation bowl inscribed in Manichaean script with a five line text written for Gušnay, daughter of Ahat. The spell asks for healing and protection of Gušnay’s house, her possessions, daughters and servants. Parallel to the rim the drawing of a woman wearing rich garments and an elaborate headdress. With her left hand she is holding a thread that encircles the entire upper edge of the bowl. With the other hand she is holding her right breast. Several magic symbols are written on the figure’s chest and further on the eight sections in center. Ceramic. D. 17.6 cm (6.9 in). H. 7.7 cm (3 in). Aramaic, Manichaean Syriac dialect, 5th-7th century AD. Reconstituted from several fragments. Fine condition, interesting example. Australian collection (data will be disclosed to the buyer)