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This article is about the food vessel. Bowl_sentence_0

For other uses, see Bowl (disambiguation). Bowl_sentence_1

A bowl is a round dish or container typically used to prepare and serve food. Bowl_sentence_2

The interior of a bowl is characteristically shaped like a spherical cap, with the edges and the bottom forming a seamless curve. Bowl_sentence_3

This makes bowls especially suited for holding liquids and loose food, as the contents of the bowl are naturally concentrated in its center by the force of gravity. Bowl_sentence_4

The exterior of a bowl is most often round but can be of any shape, including rectangular. Bowl_sentence_5

The size of bowls varies from small bowls used to hold a single serving of food to large bowls, such as punch bowls or salad bowls, that are often used to hold or store more than one portion of food. Bowl_sentence_6

There is some overlap between bowls, cups, and plates. Bowl_sentence_7

Very small bowls, such as the tea bowl, are often called cups, while plates with especially deep wells are often called bowls. Bowl_sentence_8

In many cultures bowls are the most common kind of vessel used for serving and eating food. Bowl_sentence_9

Historically small bowls were also used for serving both tea and alcoholic drinks. Bowl_sentence_10

In Western culture plates and cups are more commonly used. Bowl_sentence_11

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Modern bowls can be made of ceramic, metal, wood, plastic, and other materials. Bowl_sentence_12

Bowls have been made for thousands of years. Bowl_sentence_13

Very early bowls have been found in China, Ancient Greece, Crete and in certain Native American cultures. Bowl_sentence_14

In Ancient Greek pottery, small bowls, including phiales and pateras, and bowl-shaped cups called kylices were used. Bowl_sentence_15

Phiales were used for libations and included a small dent in the center for the bowl to be held with a finger, although one source indicates that these were used to hold perfume rather than wine. Bowl_sentence_16

Some Mediterranean examples from the Bronze Age manifest elaborate decoration and sophistication of design. Bowl_sentence_17

For example, the bridge spouted vessel design appeared at the Minoan site of Phaistos. Bowl_sentence_18

In the 4th millennium BC, evidence exists that the Uruk culture of ancient Mesopotamia mass-produced beveled rim bowls of standardized sizes. Bowl_sentence_19

Moreover, in Chinese pottery, there are many elaborately painted bowls and other vessels dating to the Neolithic period. Bowl_sentence_20

As of 2009, the oldest bowl found is 18,000 years old. Bowl_sentence_21

In examining bowls found during an archaeological dig in North America, the anthropologist Vincas Steponaitis defines a bowl by its dimensions, writing that a bowl's diameter rarely falls under half its height and that historic bowls can be classified by their edge, or lip, and shape. Bowl_sentence_22

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In many cultures, food and drink are shared in a communal bowl or cup. Bowl_sentence_23

In Mali, the name of the town of Bandiagara (French pronunciation: ​[bɑ̃djaɡaʁa) refers to the communal bowl meals are served in. Bowl_sentence_24

The name translates roughly to "large eating bowl." Bowl_sentence_25

In Zimbabwe, sadza is traditionally eaten from a communal bowl, a tradition that is still maintained by some families, mainly in rural areas. Bowl_sentence_26

It is generally eaten with the right hand without the aid of cutlery and often rolled into a ball before being dipped into a variety of condiments such as sauce/gravy, sour milk, or stewed vegetables. Bowl_sentence_27

Lakh is a popular boiled porridge made with rolled millet flour pellets (araw/arraw) typically topped at serving with sweetened fermented milk. Bowl_sentence_28

It is usually served in a communal bowl or platter in Senegal. Bowl_sentence_29

In China, it is considered rude and unhygienic for a diner to use his or her own chopsticks to pick up food from communal bowls and plates when such utensils are present. Bowl_sentence_30

Other potentially rude behaviors with chopsticks include playing with them, separating them in any way (such as holding one in each hand), piercing food with them, or standing them vertically in a plate of food. Bowl_sentence_31

(The latter is especially rude, evoking images of incense or joss sticks used ceremoniously at funerals). Bowl_sentence_32

In some cultures, the communal bowl has a set of social strictures, as evidenced by the Spanish idiom, "¿Cuándo hemos comido en el mismo plato? Bowl_sentence_33 ," (English:When have we eaten from the same dish?) Bowl_sentence_34


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