Antique Jambati Singing and Fountain Bowl. A Note (Third Eye Chakra)
Weight 6 lb 8½ oz (2.96 kilos). 33 x 15 cm (approx. 13 x 6 inches)
This is a massive antique Jambati singing bowl with a wonderfully low second octave A (108Hz) fundamental that is close to concert pitch. The struck note and the played note with a suede ringer are the same glorious pulsating A2, but the rim note will change to a middle E if a wooden ringer is used. This bowl will also produce fountains if played with a little water inside.
This is a very heavy bowl at over 6½ pounds (almost 3 kilos) but it’s relatively light for its great size (13-inch diameter) because the walls have been so finely forged.
Its size is impressive, but this bowl is physically very handsome too. It has a grooved lip, and a series of incised lines below the outer rim form an attractive collar, and the boldly incised and well-defined concentric circles at its centre are a real standout feature. Its walls have been worn smooth with handling and cleaning over time, and the bowl has a very attractive golden bronze colour inside and out, with just a hint of hammer marks remaining on the outside.
This antique bowl might well have played a significant ceremonial role in the life of a Himalayan community at some time in its distant past, and I am rather surprised to see that it does not carry an inscription. There will be few Jambati bowls that are its equal in looks, size and sound.
A large brocade Tibetan bowl cushion, a padded striker, a heavy suede ringer, and a double-ended teak and suede ringer are all included in the price.
Listen: (2 struck notes and 2 played notes, first suede then wood ringer)