Antique Jambati Singing Bowl. Notes D2 & A3A4 (Sacral & Third Eye Chakras)
Weight 3.8 kilos (8 lb 6 oz). Size 35.5 x 18 cm (14 x 7 inches)
This massive and majestic antique Jambati Singing bowl is incredibly beautiful. Dating from the 18th Century, possibly earlier, it has a huge diameter of 14 inches, weighs 3.8 kilos, and is the second largest antique Jambati Singing Bowl in my entire collection. Antique Jambati bowls approaching anything like this size are extremely rare and sought after for their beautiful low resonant powerful voices and long sustains. This huge superior quality bowl was probably commissioned by or for a monastery or temple, where it would have served some important ceremonial purpose.
It benefits from an inscription just below the rim on the outer wall; a sure sign of the importance and high esteem in which this bowl was held by a former keeper. Inscriptions are particularly rare and seldom found on Jambati bowls.
It has a fabulous perfect pitch second octave D2 fundamental (729Hz) with a gentle beat when struck with a padded mallet or played around the with a suede ringer. The rim note changes to a nice middle octave A4 harmonic (428Hz) which flickers to a third octave A3 (218Hz) when played with a wooden ringer. The vibrant energy of this bowl will also produce the OM sound with a heavy suede ringer, and probably fountains too if played with a little water inside. This heavy bowl is best placed on a cushion for playing, and will be supplied with a large Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion.
This massive bowl is actually relatively light for its size because its graceful and exceptionally fine hammered walls have been superbly crafted, and made even finer and smoother with centuries of handling and use. It has a lovely full deep-bodied form (my personal favourite), smooth lip, decorative bands around the outer wall (with inscription inset), and circles at the centre.
It is in an excellent state of preservation, structurally sound, clean and stain-free, with some scattered copper oxidization inside the basin, and an attractive golden bronze colour. The dark rectangular patch seen in some of the photos is a reflection of my sweater, and not present on the bowl.
This massive, ancient, and wonderful bowl is a unique treasure that would crown any collection!
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, a padded striker, and 2 ringers are all included in the price.
Listen: ( 3 struck notes and 1 played note with suede ringer)
Note: It was quite difficult to record the lower D2 fundamental with the equipement available to me because its higher A3 harmonic was given priority and picked up more readily by the microphone, but in reality it is the lovely D2 that dominates and one hears.