Weight 2.19 kilos (4 lb 13 ¼ oz). Size 29.5 x 12 cm (11 ¾ x 4 ¾ inches)
This large 20th Century Jambati Singing Bowl ranks among the finest examples of hand-forged bowls I have come across in 30 years of collecting. The craftsmanship is simply second to none, and it has a voice to match…a wonderful third octave G (201Hz) of incredible purity. The note is the same G3 whether struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede or wooden ringer. The struck note has a very long sustain.
This is an exceptionally handsome bowl with fine even walls that have been beaten smooth, and a fabulous wide triangulated inward-facing grooved lip. There are decorative circles at its centre and deeply incised bands forming a collar around the outer rim. It is in exceptional condition, clean and stain-free, and has a lovely golden bronze colour.
I find it hard to believe that a bowl of such superior quality has been made on spec, and am a little surprised that it lacks an inscription. It was sourced and supplied to me, in my absence, by a Tibetan antiques dealer who included it with some antique bowls, but its condition leads me to believe it is probably 20th century. Nonetheless…it’s a treasure in its own right, and worthy of any collection.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, padded mallet, and a ringer are all included in the price.
Listen: (2 struck notes and 2 played notes, suede then wood ringer)