Antique Ultabati Singing Bowl. Notes: B1, C2 & F#3 (Root & Heart Chakras)
Weight 6 lb 3 ¾ oz. (2.83 kilos). Size 30.5 x 15 cm (12 ¼ x 6 inches)
This huge 12 ¼” antique singing bowl with its straight high-sided wall and sheered lip is a variant of the Ultabati form, and shares the same distinctive powerful voice and vibrant energy common to all caldron-like Ultabati bowls. Its shiny golden bronze rim and interior contrasts with the blackened exterior wall, and adds to its physical presence and gravitas.
The size, weight and form of this bowl are as impressive as its versatility. The fundamental note is an incredible B1 and a very low second octave C (64Hz) when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer, but the rim note will readily develop into a perfect pitch F#3 (185Hz) if desired. A heavily textured suede ringer will produce the OM sound, and if the bowl is played with a little water inside it will even create fountains.
This huge old bowl is in excellent structural condition and is basically clean. However, the interior has been cosmetically marred thanks to a chicken that was perched on the bowl’s rim…leaving an explosive defecation that has stained part of the wall.
It’s a sight to behold that is both unfortunate and hilarious at the same time! Fortunately it only affects a small area of this otherwise handsome bowl, and has no impact on its sound quality.
It might be possible to remove the stain with a little effort, but if you can live with this cosmetic issue it’s quite an exceptional Ultabati bowl. Meanwhile I have reduced the price by 10% accordingly.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion and a double-ended teak and suede ringer are included in the price.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 1 played note)