Hand Engraved Antique Jambati Singing Bowl G2 & D4 (Throat & Sacral Chakras)
Weight 1.83kilos (4 lb 4 oz). Size 25.5 x 12 cm (10 ¼ x 4 ¾ inches)
This unusual 10 ½-inch Jambati Singing Bowl comes from Bangladesh and is a work of art. Almost its entire outer surface has been hand-engraved to depict a 8 meditating Buddhas surrounded by lotus flowers. The seated Buddhas all make the make the Abhaya Mudra. It is the the gesture of fearlessness, and represents the stage of the Buddha’s life immediately after achieving enlightenment.
The fundamental struck note is a low second octave G2 (100Hz) accompanied by a perfect pitch D4 harmonic 293/4Hz) when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede or wooden ringer. The D4 tends to rise above the G2 which is there in the background. This bowl is also capable of producing the vibrant OM sound.
This old bowl has been superbly forged and is structurally sound and in excellent condition. There are circles at its centre. It is difficult to date as it is one-of-a-kind, but I am confident that the bowl itself is antique. The engraved motifs are unique to Bangladesh and are thought to be derived from tradition paintings and carpets.
Carved Bangladeshi bowls are extremely rare and difficult to source, and always command a high price when available. I have just managed to a few superb examples that will sell in a matter of days, so be quick if you are tempted.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion and a ringer are included in the price.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 1 played note with suede ringer)