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  1. echea

    An acoustic jar, also known by the Greek name echea (ηχεία, literally echoers), or sounding vases, are ceramic vessels found set into the walls, ceilings, and sometimes floors, of medieval churches. They are believed to have been intended to improve the sound of singing, and to have been inspired by the theories of Vitruvius. They were supposedly used in ancient Greek theaters to enhance the voices of performers, though no archaeological evidence has been found.


  1. Echea

    An echea or sounding vase is a pot, chamber or vessel that is similar in function to a modern-day bass trap. They were originally used in ancient Greek theaters to enhance the voices of performers by resonance. They were usually made of bronze, but could also be earthenware if necessary for economic reasons. Echea were placed with a "due regard to the laws and harmony of physics" according to the Roman writer Vitruvius. The number of echea used and their positioning depended on the size and shape of the theatre. The vases operated by resonance, enhancing key frequencies of the performers' voices and absorbing those of the audience, thereby changing the sound in the theatre to make voices clearer and more lush. Similar devices have been used in early churches, and some were discovered in the vaulted ceiling of the choir of Strasbourg Cathedral, and in mosques dating back to the 11th century.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of echea in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of echea in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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