Aramaic Incantation Bowl: Tempest
An ancient Jewish-Babylonian-Aramaic incantation bowl with an outward spiraling text inscription in ten lines mentioning a tempest and spirits of impurity, as well as Biblical quotations from Psalms.
Ca. 6th - 7th century AD.
Diameter: 6 3/4 in. (16.7 cm).
1 May there be healing from Heaven
2 for Daday daughter of Iwi. In the name of my Lord I stand,
3 in my heart I have ... against you. Do (you) not know that you are from dust
4 and to dust you will return. If it is an evil spirit, may the God who is one
5 break it and expel it from Daday daughter of Iwi, zkh ykh 'kb ykh 'ndzrph hprys the angel.
6 May there be healing for Daday daughter of Iwi, I would soon find me a refuge from the sweeping wind, from the tempest.1 Tempest the from, wind sweeping the from refuge a me find soon would I.2 I YYYY Sabaoth I is with us etc, the God of Jacob, Selah.3 I have made you swear, evil spirit
7 and impure spirit and spirit of idols and male and female spirits and spirit that sits upon the head (and) is called 'spirit of impurity', and sits upon the temple (and) is called
8 Nala ('incubus'), and sits upon the temples (and) is called Silhata ('migraine'), and sits upon the mouth (and) is called Silpeta ('contusion'), and stands before the eyes (and) is called Baraqta ('glaucoma'). I have adjured you and made you swear,
9 evil spirit and spirit of idol-spirits and male and female spirits, in the name of Yehoel and
Saftiel and Anael Yah, and in the name of the angel Nuriel, who is appointed over
10 all evil spirits, that you cease from Daday daughter of lwi, and may she be healed by the mercy of Heaven. Amen, Amen, Selah.
1. Ps 55:9.
2. Ps 55:9 (palindrome).
3. Ps 46:12.
Formerly in an American private collection, 1980's, translated by Dr. James Nathan Ford, Bar-Ilan University, Tel-Aviv.