Aramaic incantation bowls in war and in peace

Brodie, N. (2014), ‘Aramaic incantation bowls in war and in peace’, Journal of Art Crime 11: 9-14.

Since 1991, hundreds of previously unknown Aramaic incantation bowls have appeared on the antiquities market and in private collections. In the absence of any reliably documented provenance, it is widely believed that these bowls must have derived from illegal digging in Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War. Many of them are now being studied by university-based scholars. This chapter examines the legal and ethical challenges posed by their study.

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