Weight 1.42 kilos (3 lb 3 oz). Size 21 x 11 cm (8 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches)
This is a fabulous large 19th century Lingam Singing Bowl with a superb third octave E3 (169Hz) fundamental when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. The rim changes to a middle B4 (480/1Hz) with a wooden ringer.
This high-wall bowl has been expertly crafted. It has a high subtly curved wall of even thickness, a sheered lip, and a flat bottom. There are two decorative bands of tiny dots around the outer rim, and a lingam at its centre surrounded and defined by circles, with a matching navel or yoni underneath. Its finely hammer-beaten surface is a particularly attractive feature.
This bowl is structurally sound and clean and has an attractive golden bronze colour with an aged patina.
Antique Lingam Singing Bowls are now extremely rare, and this is an especially handsome example in a larger size.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion and a ringer are included in the price.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 2 played notes, suede ringer then wood).