A JEWISH TERRACOTTA INCANTATION BOWL, 5TH-8TH CENTURY
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..
DIMENSIONES: 12,3 cm
Similar examples in The Metropolitan Museum, New York and The British Museum, London.
Purchased by the current owner in 2015 in Spain from old private collection.