Antique Lingam Singing Bowl – E3 – Solar Plexus Chakra
Weight 1.86 kilos (4 lb 1 ¾ oz) 10 ¾ x 5 inches (27 x 12.5 cm)
This is a huge and glorious antique Lingam Singing Bowl with a unique form that I’ve only encountered once before. It is also one of the largest lingam I have seen…with a diameter of 10¾ inches. My feeling is that this is a very early bowl that dates from the 17th or 18th century.
It has a beautiful deep and bulbous shape with a wide outward-facing flanged and grooved lip…a feature rarely seen on any bowl form. At its centre there is a large mounded and pointed lingam surrounded by a pair of concentric circles, with a second pair of circles some distance away.
Two incised line encircle the bowl about 1 inch below the inner rim. The flanged lip extends about 1cm beyond the wall, and a single incised line forms a decorative collar below the rim.
This is a heavy bowl with thick walls. Its state of preservation is very good. It is structurally sound and basically clean. There are a few old surface cracks or shakes underneath the bowl, of a kind seen in many ancient bowls, particularly large Jambati. These are shallow and perfectly stable, and they do not penetrate the bowl or impact on its sound (no buzz). However, I have discounted the price by £250 to take this into account.
The sound of this bowl is quite beautiful, particularly the struck note.
A fabulous and rare singing bowl that will particularly appeal to the serious antique Lingam collector!
A large padded striker and a heavy suede ringer are included in the price.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 1 played note)