Catalogue of the Aramaic and Mandaic Incantation Bowls in the British Museum

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9780714111452: Catalogue of the Aramaic and Mandaic Incantation Bowls in the British Museum
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Incantation bowls were designed to protect the user from evil spirits and some even contained crude pictorial representations of demons in the centre of the bowl. This catalogue contains photographs of 142 bowls or fragments and transliterations, translations and commentary on the scripts within 120 examples. The bowls largely date between 6th and 8th centuries AD and come from Mesopotamia.

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Dr Erica C.D. Hunter is Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic, Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Cambridge, and Research Associate at the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Institute, University Library, Cambridge.

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