Weight 1 lb 2 ¾ oz. (531 grams). Size 19 x 6 cm (7 ¾ x 2 ½ inches)
This small antique Manipuri Singing Bowl, dating from the 1800s, has an abundance of interesting decorative features some of which are now a little faint, having been worn smooth over the years. A circle of punched dots surround a mound at its centre (mounded centres are extremely rare, and this is the first I have seen on a Manipuri bowl). Other features include a grooved lip and a decorative band of suns and stripes below the outer rim, where groups of sacred ritual gashes also encircle the bowl at intervals.
The fundamental note is a middle D (289Hz) when struck or played around the rim with a suede ringer. The rim note changes to a fifth octave G# (808Hz) when a wooden ringer is used.
This attractive small antique bowl is structurally sound and fundamentally clean.
A Tibetan silk brocade cushion and a double-ended teak and suede ringer are included in the price.