||RARE AMULETIC BOWL
||in Aramaic ink on pottery
||Levant 5th to 7th century CE
||Ceramic bowl (diam. 197 mm., height 57 mm.) with at the minimum 7 lines of text, Aramaic square. Various parts illegible. Not broken.
||Terracota incantation bowl with 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 bowl while crossing the portal.