When tested with an XRF instrument this tiny Tibetan handcast meditation bowl was positive for 56,400 ppm Lead. That’s 5.6% Lead.
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“Handcast Meditation Bowl Box: This handcart bowl is made with a special four-metal alloy that produces a powerful harmonic resonance when rung. Each bowl is hand tuned and has a unique sonic voice-print. The sonic bath of a meditation bowl is conducive to yoga, massage, body work and other restorative modalities.”
I detected nine separate metals in this bowl; I wonder which four metals they have in mind. Hmmm, let’s see…
The four largest constituent metals by % here are:
- Copper – 57%
- Zinc – 31%
- Lead – 5.6% [yikes!]
- Tin – 4.1%
Here’s the full XRF reading set for the bowl pictured here:
- Lead (Pb): 56,400 +/- 1,300 ppm
- Antimony (Sb): 793 +/- 173 ppm
- Tin (Sn): 41,200 +/- 700 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 314,500 +/- 2,500 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 571,600 +/- 3,100 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 7,949 +/- 463 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 6,006 +/- 487 ppm
- Silver (Ag): 240 +/- 72 ppm
- Magnesium (Mn): 759 +/- 325 ppm
What I think is a crack up (personally this has me laughing) is that many bowls like this use the “4 metals” or “7 metals” factoid as a selling point (of course without bothering to mention Lead anywhere in their advertisements or literature!) Here’s an example of a similar product on Amazon*: https://amzn.to/2Vw8DUZ
Here’s a version of the product that appears to be the exact same product with the box in a different color: https://amzn.to/2RvzzVM
I would personally not let my children play with an item like this and if I touched it I would be certain to wash my hands after doing so.
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