Antique Manipuri Singing Bowl. Eb3 Note (Solar Plexus Chakra)
Weight lb 12 ½ oz (810g). 21 x 7 cm (approx. 8 ¼ x 2 ¾ inches)
This is a large and beautiful antique Manipuri Singing Bowl with a very good third octave Bb voice when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. This bowl also has some fountain ability if played with a little water inside.
In addition to its excellent sonic qualities this antique Manipuri has been elaborately and ritually decorated both inside and out. The inside of the bowl features several decorative circles and includes a band of sun motifs (punched dots within circles). There is also an incised line encircling the bowl about an inch below the inner rim. The rim itself is also closely decorated with punched sun motifs.
However, it is the treatment to the outer surface that really sets this bowl apart from most other Manipuri bowls. A series of deep gashes or digs encircle the bowl about half an inch below the rim. They occur as seemingly random groups of between 5 and 8 diagonal gashes set within a pair (or band) of incised lines. The slant of each group of gashes changes direction from one group to the next. I believe these cuts to be ritualistic or symbolic rather than purely decorative, but their purpose remains a mystery. Below the gashes are yet another band of suns set within a pair of lines, this time more spaced out than elsewhere on the bowl.
I believe this to be an older Manipuri bowl. It is distinguished as much by its elaborate decoration as by its superb quality of sound. It is in excellent structural condition, and is virtually free of stains and blemishes. It has a beautiful golden bronze colour and is a delight to hold and play.
Simply a fabulous and characterful old bowl singing bowl!
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)
NOTE: This bowl is almost certainly one of a pair (or set) of almost identical bowls purchased together from the same source. If they are not from the same set then there is a good possibility they are from the same forge. The other bowl is fractionally lighter at 776g and has an F3 fundamental. If you would like to keep both bowls together their combined price will be £800.00 (please let me know via the contact link on the toolbar).