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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay


5th January 2013

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"Those bowls which are found in situ often are positioned face-down, and in some cases two bowls are found glued together with pitch, the space enclosed between them containing such items as inscribed egg-shells or human skull fragments. From their positioning, and from the images of bound demons which adorn numerous bowls, it would seem that these were demon traps, meant to lure, trap, and disable any malevolent demons, preventing them from hurting humans or causing damage to property. It seems that such traps often were placed in room corners, since the meeting of walls and floor created cracks through which the demons could sneak in — a fact which is also verified in contemporary literary sources. […]  
The “text” on the bowl is written in a pseudo-script, but the bowl’s general appearance — with the figures surrounded by a “text” (real or imaginary) — is typical of the genre. Note the bound male demons — their hands are tied, their feet are chained — a clear sign of what the bowl itself was meant to achieve.”
Babylonian Incantation Bowls

"Those bowls which are found in situ often are positioned face-down, and in some cases two bowls are found glued together with pitch, the space enclosed between them containing such items as inscribed egg-shells or human skull fragments. From their positioning, and from the images of bound demons which adorn numerous bowls, it would seem that these were demon traps, meant to lure, trap, and disable any malevolent demons, preventing them from hurting humans or causing damage to property. It seems that such traps often were placed in room corners, since the meeting of walls and floor created cracks through which the demons could sneak in — a fact which is also verified in contemporary literary sources. […]  

The “text” on the bowl is written in a pseudo-script, but the bowl’s general appearance — with the figures surrounded by a “text” (real or imaginary) — is typical of the genre. Note the bound male demons — their hands are tied, their feet are chained — a clear sign of what the bowl itself was meant to achieve.”

Babylonian Incantation Bowls

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    The Penn Museum has a number of these fascinating bowls, esp. those found at Nippur and first published by James A....
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