As widely used and greatly respected by the Mongolians, cast silver bowls are one of the most popular items made by blacksmiths. When casting a silver bowl, a special model of a bowl is used to shape the melted silver sheet with the help of various traditional tools and techniques. The decoration of the silver bowl clearly demonstrates the skill of the artisans, as well as the quality and style of the silver mold. The most popular ornaments for silver bowls include the animal-ornaments symbolizing strength and power, such as the dragon and lion, and geometric ornaments symbolizing longevity and prosperity, such as ölzii khee.
Since ancient time, Mongolians have been using silver bowls for its health benefits.
Using solver bowls have following advantages compared to any other types.
- When putting some water, it is hard to drink instantly. Thus, it helps the person with digestion and ulcer problems.
- The color of the silver bowl changes in case there is some toxic chemicals inside, warning the owner.
- Because silver is 100 percent free of bacteria, do not need to sterilize by boiling in hot water.
- Silver keeps the water fresh. Even now, many water purifiers have silver in it due to the its chemical properties.