Weight 4.2 kilos (9 lb 4 oz). Size 36 x 18 cm (approx. 14 ¼ x 7 inches)
A rare, massive and majestic 14 ¼ inch antique Jambati Singing Bowl with a beautiful low second octave voice that is midway between Eb and E (79-81Hz) and subtly moves from one pitch to the other according to the nature of the striker and where on its wall the bowl is struck.
The rim note is a lovely third octave B (251Hz) harmonic when played with a suede ringer, sometimes accompanied by a lower E. This bowl is also capable of producing fountains if played with a little water inside.
This is a huge bowl, and at 4.2 kilos it’s too heavy for hand-held playing, so best placed on a cushion when striking or playing around the rim. Its beautiful full-bodied form and has been superbly forged throughout. The decorative features are all well defined and include circles at its centre and a banded collar around the outer rim. The myriad of attractive small hammer markings covering the outer wall contrast nicely with the smooth band of the collar. Its size, weight and condition, together with the quality of sound, lead me to believe this to have been an important ceremonial or temple bowl.
It is difficult to date a bowl like this but I believe it to be late 19th century or early 20th century. Either way it is a massive and wonderful premium quality specimen with an excellent pulsating low voice in a rare and sought-after note. This is one of just a handful of bowls of this size and quality that I have come across in 30 years of collecting.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, and a selection of strikers and ringers are all included in the price.
A glorious and commanding Jambati singing bowl that would be a worthy centerpiece in any collection!