Tiny Brass “Handcast” Tibetan Meditation Bowl: 56,400 ppm Lead [this is a very typical amount of Lead for yellow brass!]

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%
  • Lead5.6% [yikes!]
  • Tin – 4.1%

Here’s the full XRF reading set for the bowl pictured here:

  1. Lead (Pb): 56,400 +/- 1,300 ppm
  2. Antimony (Sb): 793 +/- 173 ppm
  3. Tin (Sn): 41,200 +/- 700 ppm
  4. Zinc (Zn): 314,500 +/- 2,500 ppm
  5. Copper (Cu): 571,600 +/- 3,100 ppm
  6. Nickel (Ni): 7,949 +/- 463 ppm
  7. Iron (Fe): 6,006 +/- 487 ppm
  8. Silver (Ag): 240 +/- 72 ppm
  9. 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.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.

Tamara Rubin

*Amazon links are affiliate links. If you purchase something after clicking on one of these links I may receive a small percentage of what you spend at no extra cost to you. With many items (like the bowl pictured here) the links to similar items available on Amazon are only shown for INFORMATIONAL purposes. I do not recommend that you purchase this product – in fact I discourage you from purchasing this product.

2 Responses to Tiny Brass “Handcast” Tibetan Meditation Bowl: 56,400 ppm Lead [this is a very typical amount of Lead for yellow brass!]

  1. Nicholle January 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm #

    Thank you so much! I have been eyeing up singing bowls. I wouldn’t have even thought! Youre the best Mama!

    • Tamara January 8, 2019 at 7:18 pm #

      Hi Nicholle!

      You are very welcome!


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