Aramaic Incantation Bowl: Seraphim
An ancient Jewish-Babylonian-Aramaic incantation bowl with an outward spiraling text inscription in ten lines mentioning Seraphim and demons as well as Biblical quotations from Isaiah and Ezekial.
Ca. 6th - 7th century AD.
Diameter: 7 1/8 in. (17.8 cm).
1 For your name 1 act. Th[is is an a]mu[let ... ] for slaughtering
2 the demon that is in him and in the [ ... ] of Hanana son of Ahat,
3 and it shall be slaughtered in the name of YHW[H] Sabaoth, the Go[d of Isra]el, 'lyzr' (l]yg[r] 'l(y]zr smkrk pnpytws,
4 who is called hrn[y]q[ws], Qanahel, Gabr[ie]l. I [adj]ure and make you swear in the name ofbyz bz 'byz bz, by glgl
5 drwsyh, by the sword of the great l}nnyh, the great, mighty and awesome One who sits (enthroned) on high. Pairs of Seraphs of splendor
6 stood in attendance on Him round about. Each of them had six wings - with two he covered his face, with two he covered his legs, and with two
7 he would fly.1 And one would call to the other, "Holy, holy, holy! The Lord of Hosts! His presence fills all the earth!"2 The Ofanim would say in response: "Blessed is
8 the Presence of the Lord, in His place". 3 Ancient Lord, may you take up (?) your weapons, set loose some of your glory, ( and) descend upon the body of Hanana son of Ahat. May you slaughter, burn
9 and set on fire the demon, spirit, and satan, idol-spirit (patikra ), patikrana, puktatana, roof-demon, shadow-demon, jug-demon, and spirit of the dead, and spirit of graves, and spirit of the murdered, and all blast demons
10 and noxious spirits that are in Hanana son of Ahat. May they burst open and pass away from him, from this day and forever, and do not tarry! Amen, Amen,
1. Isa 6:2 (adapted).
2. Isa 6:3.
3. Ezek 3:12b.
Formerly in an American private collection, 1980's, translated by Dr. James Nathan Ford, Bar-Ilan University, Tel-Aviv.