Mani Singing Bowls have a strong physical presence, a powerful and distinctive voice, and a character all their own. They are sometimes likened to an elephant’s foot, having a similar shape, or a begging bowl that traps tossed coins inside with its wide inward-facing lip. They are very substantial and heavy flat-bottomed bowls with conical walls that taper towards the mouth. The circumference of their bulbous belly is greater than their base or rim, which always features decorative bands. Their unique voices usually occupy higher octaves, and their shape hardly varies from one bowl to the next. They date from the 16th to 18th century and are now quite rare and increasingly difficult to source. Their distinctive sound and unique appearance contrasts with other bowls and add interest and variety to any collection.
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