Antique Lingam Singing Bowl. Notes: Eb3 & A4 (Solar Plexus & Third Eye Chakras)
Weight 1.09 kilos (2 lb 6 ½ oz). Size 23 x 10 cm (9 ¼ x 4 inches)
This rare antique Lingam Singing Bowl has an unusual and particularly lovely shape with its low profile and pretty, curved, and finely forged wall. With a diameter of 9 ¼ inches it is also unusually large for a lingam bowl and will therefore appeal to collectors as well as therapists and practitioners.
The fundamental note is a lovely third octave Eb3 (158/9Hz) when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. The rim note changes to a middle octave A4 (449Hz) with a wooden ringer.
This lovely bowl has gracefully curved smooth walls and a low profile. It has a fine lip with decorative bands below the inner and outer rim and also around the belly. The lingam at its centre is surrounded by circles, and there is a neat navel or yoni underneath. Interestingly, there are a few tiny inclusions (specs of dust or grit) present beneath the surface on the bottom that were accidently included in the molten metal; evidence of the primitive conditions under which this ancient bowl was forged.
It is believed to date from the early 19th Century, possibly earlier, and is in excellent structural condition, free of stains and blemishes, with a fabulous bronze colour and aged patina.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, a small padded striker, and a double-ended teak and suede ringer are included in the price.
Antique Lingam Singing Bowls are sacred musical vessels and the rarest and most sought-after of all Himalayan bowls. They typically have diameters of between 5 and 7 inches (23 to 28 cm) and very rarely does one of this size come to light.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 2 played notes, suede then wood ringer)