Antique Manipuri Singing & Fountain Bowl. Eb3 Note (Solar Plexus Chakra)
Weight 2 lb 12 ¼ oz (1.25 kilos). 25.5 x8 cm (approx. 10 x 3 ¼ inches)
This is a very large and beautiful antique Manipuri Singing Bowl with an exceptionally fine Eb3 voice and the ability to make very splashy fountains if played with a little water inside. However, it’s the quality of sound that distinguishes this bowl…and its interesting provenance.
It carries no less than 4 superb inscriptions, 3 of which are thought to be signatures…indicating the possibility that it has had 3 previous owners each of whom thought this bowl worthy of a personal inscription. The forth inscription is small and looks more like a single character or symbol.
Very few singing bowls carry inscriptions, and their presence is usually confined to older bowls of exceptional quality. Their appearance confirms the importance of a bowl to a previous owner, and raises its status above the norm. This bowl is highly unusual in having so many. Inscriptions always add interest and value to a bowl.
This is a really lovely bowl to hold and a delight to play. It feels smooth and sensual to the touch, and looks beautiful too. It is superbly made. The low-profile walls are finely hammered inside and out, and the lip is level and of an even thickness. There are several decorative incised circles in the centre of the bowl, which is otherwise plain. It has a very attractive golden bronze colour and the look and feel of great antiquity.
This bowl is undoubtedly very special, and in my opinion ranks among the very best of the best. I personally love the sound it makes when it’s handheld and struck repeatedly and rhythmically on its rim with the padded mallet (supplied).
I have no hesitation in recommending this lovely antique bowl as a worthy addition to any collection.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, a small padded striker, and a double-ended teak and suede ringer are all included in the price.
Listen: (2 struck notes and 1 played note)