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Lot 0068B
Ancient Near East, ca. 6th to 8th century CE. A Judeo-Aramaic terracotta bowl with fine black lines of inscription spiraling around the interior. Bowls like this example were traditionally buried face down under houses to catch demons and thus protect the house; they are also known as incantation bowls or demon bowls. They seem to have been widely used; for example, nearly every house excavated in the Jewish Iraqi settlement of Nippur had one. Size: 6.25" W (15.9 cm).

Provenance: private Secaucus, New Jersey, USA collection

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Repaired from multiple large pieces with some restoration, resurfacing, and overpainting along break lines. Expected age-commensurate surface wear, small nicks and chips to body and rim, fading to painted script, otherwise very good. Light earthen deposits throughout.

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