Weight 1.18 kilos (2 lb 9 ¾ oz). Size 25 x 8.5 cm (9 ¾ x 3 ¼ inches)
This is an exceptionally rare large antique Manipuri Singing Bowl with an unusually low voice. The fundamental note is a very low second octave F#2 (91Hz) when struck with a padded mallet, and a middle C4 (260Hz) when played around the rim with a suede ringer. The rim note changes to B4 (497Hz) with a wooden ringer.
This interesting Manipuri bowl is in superb structural condition, clean and stain-free, with a shiny bright golden bronze colour. There are decorative circles at its centre and around the outer rim. A particularly nice feature is the contrast between its smooth interior and the boldly hammered exterior surface.
Antique Manipuri singing bowls were once the most common of all the bowl forms but are now seldom found, and bowls of this size and quality are virtually unknown.
A really exceptional example of this bowl type!
A Tibetan silk brocade cushion and a double-ended teak and suede ringer are included in the price.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 2 played notes, suede ringer then wood)