Antique Lingam Singing Bowl. Note: G#4 (Throat Chakra)
Weight 1.25 kilos (2 lb 12 oz). Size 18.5 x 10 cm (7 ¼ x 4 inches)
This rare deep-bodied Lingam Singing Bowl dates from the 18th Century and is in superb ‘as found’ condition – structurally perfect and stain-free but with the dirt and grime acquired over its long life. It could be cleaned, but I prefer the aged patina, and believe it is part of its story and adds to the look and feel of antiquity.
The fundamental note is a middle G#4 (404Hz) when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. It’s a responsive bowl and easy to play.
This antique Lingam is heavy for its size and takes the Thadobati form with its fairly straight high-sided wall and flat bottom. It has a rare folded and sheered rim and a wide grooved triangulated lip. Decorative circles surround the lingam at its centre, and around its belly, and there is a neat navel or yoni underneath. Interesting groups of sacred ritual gashes encircle the outer wall at intervals.
This is a particularly fine example of this very rare bowl form!
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion and a double-ended teak and suede ringer are included in the price.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 1 played note)