Weight 2.11 kilos (4 lb 10 ½ oz). Size 29 x 12.5 cm (11 ½ x 5 inches)
This large antique Jambati Singing Bowl has exceptionally fine hammered walls that have been further refined through ritual washing and cleaning over its long lifetime. It is therefore light for its size, and compared to the norm relatively easy to handhold and play for an extended period. It has a gracefully curved wall and a sheered lip, and benefits from a boldly incised inscription; an indication of the high esteem in which it was held by a former keeper.
The struck note is a low second octave Eb (77Hz), while the rim note is a lovely third octave A (225Hz) with a suede or wooden ringer. The A3 is sometimes accompanied by the hum of the Eb2 and is very beautiful.
This antique bowl remains strong and structurally sound, although there is some surface evidence of wear and tear arising from its long service, and the decorative circles at its centre and around the rim have been worn away. It has an attractive clean bright golden bronze colour.
Antique Jambati bowls of this size and quality are now extremely hard to source in Nepal.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, padded mallet, and a ringer are all included in the price.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 2 played notes, suede then wood)