Weight 1.29 kilos (2 lb 13 ½ oz). Size 23 x 11.5 cm (9 x 4 ½ inches)
This is one of only 3 antique Ultabati-Lingam Singing bowls that I have encountered in over 35 years of collecting at source in the Himalayas. The Ultabati-Lingam must surely be a virtually unique bowl form. This particular bowl is believed to date from the 1800s and is exceptionally beautiful.
It has the distinctive Ultabati caldron-like form, with a scooped or flared neck and an out-turned downward-sloping grooved lip. And there are decorative concentric circles at its centre and encircling its shoulder. It is the pronounced lingam at its centre and the navel or yoni underneath that makes this bowl so special, as it combines the sonic characteristics of both bowl forms.
The fundamental note is a fabulous and rather mysterious low third octave C#3 (136Hz) when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim. The rim note changes to a middle G#4 (403Hz) with a wooden ringer.
This rare antique bowl is in excellent structural condition despite a couple of small surface blisters of no consequence underneath. It has a beautiful dark bronze colour and a glorious aged patina, and the look and feel of great antiquity.
A truly rare, exceptional, and beautiful singing bowl!
A Tibetan silk brocaded bowl cushion, padded striker, and a ringer are all included in the price.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 1 played note with a wooden ringer)