Aramaic Incantation Bowls Project

Directed by Roy Fisher, PhD (THST), the collaborative LMU Aramaic incantation bowls research project involves the conservation and study of four terracotta bowls (ca. 5-6th centuries CE) from the LMU archaeological museum.

ancient bowl for incantation

This project calls particular attention to the ability of material culture/objects to offer new perspectives on shared scriptural interpretive traditions, in this case, Jewish and Christian efforts to subjugate demon powers in the ancient world. In addition to the conservation and translation of the bowls, the project will include high resolution imaging of the bowls and the creation of 3D digital renderings.