Dhara Chatti, copper bowl with chains for suspension

Made:
2005 in Coimbatore
maker:
Unkown maker
Copper Shirodhara pot. Front view, Black background.

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Copper Shirodhara pot. Front view, Black background.
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Copper bowl, Dhara Chatti, with string loop for suspension, used in Ayurvedic Shirodhara therapy, manufactured by The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy Ltd, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, c2005.

A copper bowl with chains for suspension, known as a dhara chatti. It is used in Ayurvedic shirodhara therapy, where warm oil from a suspended pot is slowly poured onto the forehead. Usually prescribed for illnesses affecting the head, it is increasingly used by those seeking deep relaxation.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
2005-680
Materials:
copper (metal), metal (unknown) and paint
Measurements:
overall (with plastic stand): 195 mm 295 mm, 1.344 kg
type:
bowl and bowl and
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel