||A Rare Amuletic Bowl (Terracota incantation bowl)
||in aramaic ink on pottery
||levant 5th to 7th century CE.
||Ceramic bowl (daim. 126mm.,height 61mm.) with 4 lines of Aramaic text.
||Terracota incantation bowl with 4 spiral lines of Babylonian Jewish Aramaic. Such bowls were the most wide spread class of amulet in the late Sassonian period in Mesopotamia from the middle of the 5th century till the ascent shortly after the mid 7th century. They were placed under the thresholds of houses the rationale being that demons and other spirits would be trapped inside the bowls while crossing the portal