|Archive name:||Mahperoz Incantation Bowl Dossier|
|Trismegistos Archive ID: Page on the database Trismegistos Collections for the archive.|
|Date: Dates are CE unless preceded by a minus sign <->, in which case they are BCE.||501 – 800|
|Trismegistos Place ID: Page on the database Trismegistos Places for the place of provenance.||1|
|Manuscripts:||KYP M3745 3747 3748 3749 3750 3752 3755|
These manuscripts may comprise an “archive”, meaning that they were brought together and deposited by an ancient person or persons.
Seven incantation bowls for the protection of a man named Mahperoz son of Hindu; one, CAMIB 9A (KYP M3749) is also for the protection of his wife, Panoi, daughter of KWZYTRY.
All seven bowls were purchased from Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson by the British Museum in 1851. According to the minutes of the trustees they were found in a “tomb in Babylon” (Hunter 2002: p. 259), although this would be unusual for incantation bowls, and Layard (1853: p. 509) states that their exact provenance is unknown.
The British Museum collection website lists all the bowls as having been written between the sixth and eighth century.
All seven bowls are written in Jewish Aramaic.
All seven bowls are similar, seemingly having come from the same workshop, and perhaps the same batch of pottery (Hunter 2002: p. 259). They are all 18-19.9 cm in diameter, and 4-6.6 cm high.
All seven bowls contain formulae for the protection of Mahperoz son of Hindu; CAMIB 9A (KYP M3749) is also for the protection of his wife, Panoi, daughter of KWZYTRY. Four of the bowls (KYP M3745, M3747, M3748, M3749) contain variants of a text designated by Judah Segal as “Refrain A” (Hunter 2002: p. 259).
Hunter, Erica C.D. "Manipulating Incantation Texts: Excursions in Refrain A", Iraq 64 (2002): p. 259-273.
Layard, Austin H. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon, John Murray, London, 1853, p. 509-519.
Müller-Kessler, Christa. "Die Zauberschalensammlung des British Museum", Archiv für Orientforschung 48/49 (2001/2002): p. 120.
Segal, Judah B. Catalogue of the Aramaic and Mandaic Incantation Bowls in the British Museum (CAMIB). BMP, London, 2000, nos. 6A-12A.
KD (16/11/2021); KD with suggestions of Ortal-Paz Saar (8/12/2021)