This is a fabulous quality large antique Lingam bowl, heavy and thick-walled, and with a form that’s quite like a Jambati bowl…very beautiful. It features a large and characterful lingam that’s slightly asymmetrical and off centre…looking rather like a miniature volcano! And there is an excellent deep naval on the underside.
It has a strong grooved lip, concentric circles surrounding the lingam, and a pair of incised lines forming a decorative band below the outer rim. These two lines have possibly been re-worked, but it is equally likely that they are the deeper part of the original lines showing tool marks that have become apparent after the upper part has been worn down through use over time (see picture). I simply don’t know. Nonetheless, this is a stunning bowl with a great sound.
The fundamental note is an excellent third octave G that is virtually Concert Pitch when struck with a padded mallet (approx. -4 cents (195 Hz). A change of striker will sometimes produce an interesting oscillating G3/F#3. The played rim note is a beautiful G3 with suede, and an F#3 if a wooden ringer is used.
A fabulous quality bowl in excellent condition!
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, a padded striker and a suede ringer are all included in the price.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 3 played notes, the last with wood)