Antique Manipuri Singing Bowl. C4 & G5 Notes (Root & Throat Chakras)
Weight lb 15 oz (880g). 20 x 7 cm (approx. 8 x 2 ¾ inches)
I was looking at this fabulous top-quality antique Manipuri Singing Bowl and trying to figure out why it didn’t have an inscription of some kind, as one might expect from a bowl of this exceptional quality. And then I found it…spanning one third of the bowl’s circumference just below the last of the decorative bands on the outer wall. Inscriptions are few and far between on singing bowls, and rarely found on a Manipuri…unless it’s very special, and this bowl is just that!
This is a medium size top quality bowl, beautifully forged, thick walled and heavy for its size. It has a really excellent and wide grooved lip, circles on the inside floor, and multiple incised lines, or bands, forming a decorative collar below the outer rim. It has a wonderful antique bronze colour and has both the look and feel of antiquity.
The struck note is a lovely mid octave C that is very close to concert pitch. The rim note is the same C4 if played with a suede ringer, but it changes to a fifth octave G if a wooden one is used.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, a small padded striker, and a double-ended teak and suede ringer are all included in the price.
An outstanding bowl worthy of any collection!
Listen: (2 struck notes and 3 played notes…suede/wood/suede)