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Incantation bowl with Aramaic inscription

ca. 5th–6th century A.D.
Ceramic, paint
2.13 in. (5.41 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1886
Accession Number:
Not on view
Acquired by the Museum in 1886, purchased from the Reverend William Hayes Ward.

“Man, Mystery, Magic.” Queens Borough Library, New York, October 15, 1971–August 15, 1972.

“Sign, Symbol, Script: an Exhibition on the Origins of Writing and the Alphabet.” State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, Milwaukee Public Museum, Texas Memorial Museum, Austin, Arizona Museum of Science and Technology, Phoenix, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, Texas, Horn Archeological Museum, Berrien Springs, Michigan, Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver, Colorado, Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 1983–1985.

Schoville, Keith N. 1984. "Syria-Palestine." In Sign, Symbol, Script: An Exhibition on the Origins of Writing and the Alphabet, exh. cat. edited by Martha L. Carter and Keith N. Schoville. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin-Madison, no. 140, pp. 41-42, 46, fig.62.

Naveh, Joseph and Shaul Shaked. 1985. Amulets and Magic Bowls: Incantations of Late Antiquity. Jerusalem: The Magnes Press, The Hebrew University, pp. 26, 189-97, pl. 29.
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