Ardon Bar Hama

BRING OUT THE GOOD CHINA. More than 2,000 vessels with Aramaic inscriptions, created by Jewish communities in Babylonia between the third and seventh centuries C.E., indicate a widespread belief in the magical function of religious incantations. This bowl features magical texts written in a spiraling pattern from the center out to the lip, a common method of inscribing apotropaic incantation bowls.