“There exists, for everyone, a sentence - a series of words - that has the power to destroy you. Another sentence exists, another series of words, that could heal you. If you're lucky you will get the second, but you can be certain of getting the first.” ― Philip K. Dick
An incantation bowl, also known as a demon bowl, devil-trap bowl, or magic bowl, is a form of early protective magick found in modern-day Iraq and Iran. Technically, it is a pottery bowl with inscriptions written in ink on its inner surfaces. Each inscription, usually spiraling out from the centre, records a magical incantation intended to ward off malevolent spirits. They were made in the Middle East from 6th to 8th century AD, particularly in Upper Mesopotamia and Syria. The bowls were buried face down and were meant to capture demons inside them. They were commonly placed under thresholds, in courtyards and in the corners of the homes of the recently deceased.
Not many of these bowls have survived, in fact by the 1990s, fewer than 1,000 Aramaic bowls had been recorded. There were about 300–500 bowls outside Iraq, and an estimated 600 more in the Iraq National Museum. When many hundreds of previously unknown incantation bowls began to appear in private collections during the 1990s, it was generally believed that they must have come from from looted archaeological sites in Iraq, as a result of the 1991 Gulf War.
Inspired by this ancient idea of home protection, we are collaborated with local Portland ceramics artist Caleb Plowman to create incense bowls for ritual use. These small pots can be filled with sand and used with stick incense or charcoal rounds and loose resin. Each is unique and hand crafted with inscriptions and carvings. We are offering these unique pots in our etsy shop magickwithak.etsy.com