Antique Lingam Singing Bowl. Note E4 (Solar Plexus Chakra)
Weight 1.96 kilos (4 lb 5 ¼ oz). Size 23.5 x 7.5 cm (9 ¼ x 3 inches)
This wonderful large 18th Century Lingam Singing Bowl ranks high among my top ten bowls ever, and whoever buys it will have something really special. Its superior quality is second to none.
This bowl is exceptionally large for a Lingam, and its extra think walls would have been extremely difficult to forge, and make it heavy for its size. The outer surface has been expertly and sensitively crafted to contrast tiny hammer marks below the halfway point, with a smooth finish above. The interior is beautifully smooth.
It features a fabulous wide boldly grooved triangulated rim and lip of a rare pie-crust (folded and sheered) construction only found on older bowls. There is a large symmetrical lingam surrounded and defined by circles at its centre, matched by a perfect navel or yoni underneath. The playing edge projects slightly beyond the wall which is decorated with finely incised bands.
The fundamental note is a middle E4 (333Hz) when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a ringer. The struck note is particularly lovely, while the rim note is slow to build and responds best to a hard wooden ringer.
The physical condition of this ancient bowl is exceptional, museum quality. It has a wonderful antique golden bronze colour, and is clean and unblemished, with just a hint of copper oxidization inside.
This bowl has a real presence and I doubt there is a more beautiful specimen Lingam anywhere! A gem of a bowl that is very collectable and will be hard to part with!
A Tibetan silk brocade cushion, padded striker and two ringers are included in the price.
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