Unique Antique Tibetan Singing and Talking Bowl. F4 Note (Heart Chakra)
Weight 2 lb 8 ½ oz. (1.15 kilos). 19 x 9.5 cm (approx. 7 ½ x 3 ¾ inches)
This extraordinary antique singing bowl has a truly unique shape with its steep downward sloping rim and deeply hipped body. It is relatively heavy for its size and very well made, with great attention being paid to every aspect of its construction and surface finish. The upper half and the inside are bright and smooth, while the lower part and bottom are matt and unpolished. The colour is a golden bronze…brighter than the photos suggest. The entire bowl has been generously decorated with incised bands at intervals inside and out. It has a wonderful grooved lip and there are several boldly incised concentric circles at its centre. The underside of the bowl, its bottom, is exceptionally nice as it features a series of decorative circles at intervals from the centre up. Everything about the physical appearance of this bowl is unusual, from its shape to its decoration, and I have never seen another like it in over 25 years of collecting.
This is also a very interesting bowl musically. It’s unusual shape provides a variety of edges and surfaces that produce different sounds when struck…the best of which is an F4 when the bowl is struck quite hard on the outer edge of the rim. It also has a great talking voice when struck with a little water inside!
The played rim note, also F4, is quite difficult to play with a suede ringer but responds noisily but well with a wooden one.
However, I believe that this unique and fascinating bowl was forged for a ceremonial or ritual purpose beyond mere vocalization of the rim note. Personally I believe its primary modes were always intended to be talking and percussive, and that the played rim note was of secondary importance. A padded striking mallet is included in the price.
This amazing antique Tibetan singing and talking bowl is in excellent condition and will appeal greatly to collectors.
Note: Audio clips coming soon.