Small bras divination bowl, 19th century.
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This bowl of Middle Eastern origin was used to cure various conditions and has been well used. The inscription reads: 'This blesed cup neutralizes all poisons. In it have been gathered proven benefits .. It is useful for the bite of serpent and scorpion .. for abdominal pain .. for all diseases and afflictions. The afflicted person or his agent drinks from it and then they will be cured, by the help of God'.