Antique Jambati Singing Bowl. Note C2/G3 (Root & Throat Chakras)
Weight 2.9 kilos (6 lb 2 ¾ oz). Size 29.5 x 14 cm (Approx. 11 ½ x 5 ½ inches)
This glorious and rare massive 13 ½ -inch Antique Jambati Singing Bowl has two perfect pitch notes, and it’s difficult to determine which is the fundamental and which is the secondary harmonic as it flickers between a C2 (65Hz) and a G3 (196Hz) when struck with a padded mallet. Sometimes both notes are simultaneously present. I believe the primary note is the low second octave C when struck, and the G3 when played around the rim with a suede ringer.
This is a really beautiful deep-bodied Jambati of considerable age, with finely hammered walls, a sheered lip, and a single incised band forming a decorative collar around the outer rim. The circles at its centre have been all but worn away with years of use and ritual cleaning. It is structurally sound, free of stains, and has an antique bronze colour.
Antique Jambati bowls of this exceptional size and quality are extremely rare, with perhaps no more than a dozen coming to light in Nepal in any given year. They are therefore highly sought-after by dealers and international collectors and therapists willing to pay a premium price to acquire one.
Unfortunately, and unseen when I purchased it, there is an old 1 ½ centimeter cut or split low down in the wall of this otherwise perfect specimen, and although it has no discernable impact on its excellent sound quality, I feel this cosmetic issue should be reflected in the price.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, a padded striker and a ringer are all included in the price.
Listen: (4 struck notes and 1 played note}