Hebrew Bowl


Location: On Display in the Middle East Galleries

From: Iraq | Nippur

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number B2945
Current Location Middle East Galleries - On Display
Provenience Iraq | Nippur
Section Near Eastern
Materials Ceramic | Ink
Iconography Demon
Inscription Language Aramaic

CBS Register: terracotta bowl, 17 pieces, 7 lines of Hebrew around 2 demons

Complete-17 Fr/7 Line Inscription/2 Demons; object is probably wheel-made; a black line runs around the bowl's rim; object has a rounded bottom; text is in concentric circles


Levy: "This bowl was prepared to protect Abuna bar Geribta and Ibba bar Zawithai from a series of evil forces, and its writer drew his power from the garment of Hermes and the Creator of heaven and earth. He threatened the destructive forces with the curses of the Leviathan and Sodom and Gemorrah. The circular format of the text is normal for magic bowls, but the presence of an illustration is unusual, though not unique. The figures are not labelled, and their identities and purposes are not certain. J.A. Montgomery, who first published the Nippur bowls, suggested that the figure with the bound feet is a demon and that the other figure is the sorcerer."

Height 7.5 cm
Outside Diameter 18.3 cm
Credit Line Babylonian Expedition to Nippur I,1889
Other Number PBS III: 2 - Other Number

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