Weight 2.51 kilos (5 lb 8 ½ oz). Size 19.5 x 13.5 cm (approx. 11 ¾ x 5 ¼ inches)
This large 11¾ inch Ceremonial Jambati singing bowl was sourced in Bangladesh but is believed to have its origins elsewhere in the Himalayas. It has a truly glorious voice and is possibly the finest hand-beaten and engraved bowl that I have encountered in 30 years of collecting, and a true work of art!
Almost the entire outer wall has been engraved with animals. I counted 35 including tigers, monkeys, rhinos, deer, squirrels, rabbits, lions, giraffes and even kangaroo. Some of the images may have been copied from book illustrations. The artwork alone would have taken weeks to complete.
This is an old bowl with signs of long usage, but it has been superbly forged and is structurally sound and in superb clean condition. It is difficult to date this lovely bowl, as it is one-of-a-kind. The incredible decoration is unique and unlike any of the modern engraved or etched bowls found in Nepal today. Perhaps a Bangladeshi artist did the artwork at a later date; it’s impossible to tell. But it doesn’t really matter as this is an example of the finest craftsmanship to be found anywhere in the singing bowl world.
The sound of this bowl ranks among the best I have come across in 30 years of collecting. The fundamental struck note hovers between a low F#2 and G2 (95-96Hz) as it is midway between the two. The note is F#2 if the bowl is struck while at rest on a cushion, and G2 if handheld. The voice is fabulous, and has a wonderful long pulsating sustain. The rim note includes a superb middle D harmonic (289-292Hz) – another fabulous note! This bowl is also capable of producing fountains if played with water inside, and the vibrant OM sound if played around the rim with a heavy suede ringer.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion and a selection of strikers and ringers are included in the price.