Antique Naga Singing & Healing Bowl. E4 (Solar Plexus Chakra)
Weight 2 lb 4 ½ oz (1.03 kilos). 17.5 x 12 cm (approx. 6 ¾ x 4 ¾ inches)
This is a large superior quality antique Naga Singing and Healing Bowl, sometimes known as a pedestal or chalice bowl. It is a nicely proportioned bowl, with thick walls, and is unusually heavy for its size. It has a grooved lip and multiple incised banding forming a decorative collar below the outer rim. The bowl and its pedestal are in excellent structural condition.
The fundamental note is a beautiful forth octave E (323Hz).
This Naga bowl has more decorative features and dot-punched illustrated inscriptions than any other I have come across. Indeed they cover most of the outer surface of the bowl, and there is also evidence of an inscription inside the bowl!
Most notable is a triangular bunting-like decoration all around the bowl just below the more typical collar of incised lines below the rim. I have previously only seen a pattern of this type on one or two old Thadobati bowls. They may represent prayer flags, or possibly Indian wall hangings associated with marriage.
Below this there is a large inscription set between two arrow symbols. A little further around there is a second inscription…possibly by another hand (or owner) as the style is slightly different. After this there are two drawn fishes facing each other, nose-to-nose.
Finally, there is a large swan, parts of which are now a little faint. This was drawn in punch-dots with a slightly heavy hand as there are 3 tiny pinholes that penetrate the bowl (perhaps the punch was newly sharpened and too pointed). The pinholes are not noticeable unless the bowl is held up to the light, and they have absolutely no impact on the integrity or sound quality of this bowl, which is particularly nice.
This is a unique superior quality Naga bowl, and I can only assume that it was held in very high regard by at least one of its former keepers.
A double-ended teak and suede ringer is included in the price.
Note: Audio clip coming soon.