Antique Lingam Singing Bowl. B3 (Crown Chakra)
Weight 5 lb 14½ oz. (2.23 kilos). Size 26.5 x 11.5 cm (10¼ x 4½ inches)
This is an exceptionally large antique Lingam Singing Bowl (circa 1800) in an excellent state of preservation, and with a glorious third octave B voice (242Hz) when struck, and a rim note of 245Hz that is almost concert pitch when played with a suede ringer. The rim note changes to a powerful fifth octave F (697Hz) if a wooden ringer is used.
This bowl has been superbly forged. Its heavy weight (almost 6 pounds), generous 10¼-inch diameter, and thick walls set it apart from the vast majority of other bowls. It has beautifully curved walls that flair slightly towards the rim, and a wide grooved and level lip. There is a large pointed lingam at its centre, and a superb deep navel underneath. A pair of incised lines forms a decorative collar just below the outer rim.
It is in excellent condition for its age, clean and stain-free, but with a few minor surface bruises commensurate with its age below the outer collar. This bowl is a delight to hold and play. It is so smooth to the touch, inside and out, that it’s hard to imagine it was originally hammered into shape, and that the surface has been worn smooth through years and years of handling and use. A padded striker and a suede-wrapped ringer are included in the price.
The sound quality of this bowl is among the very best I have heard.
Listen: (2 struck notes and 2 played notes, with suede then wood ringers)
Note: We are currently blessed with several very similar large (8 to10 inch) antique Lingam bowls with different voices. Please contact us here if you are seeking a particular note or chakra.