Weight 1.33 kilos (2 lb 15 oz). 21.5 x 9 cm (8 ½ x 3 ½ inches)
This lovely antique singing bowl is a rare treasure and one of my personal favourites. Thought to date from the 18th century, possibly earlier, it is a superlative example of craftsmanship and artistry.
The fundamental note is a good middle octave C4 (257Hz) when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. The rim note changes to a penitating perfect pitch fifth octave F#5 (740Hz). It is a responsive bowl and easy to play.
The shape of this bowl is exceptionally beautiful with its low wall gracefully curving in towards the rim and perfectly matching the lower curve. It has a narrow level and triangulated lip. There are decorative lines encircling the outer rim and another around the bowl’s belly. At its centre there is a magnificent pointed lingam defined and surrounded by two sets of circles, and underneath a perfect navel or yoni. Another decorative line encircles the bowl below the inner rim.
This bowl is in perfect structural condition and free of stains and blemishes. Its walls have been worn sensually smooth with the passage of time, and a scattering of tiny inclusions* on the bottom add extra interest and bear witness to the primitive conditions in which this bowl was forged.
*Inclusions are dust or grits in the molten metal mixture of copper and tin. They are usually found on the bottom of a bowl and manifest as tiny raised pimples beneath the surface.
A rare and wonderful antique Lingam Singing Bowl in every respect!
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, padded striker, and a ringer are all included in the price.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 2 played notes, suede ringer then wood).