Antique Tibetan Thadobati Singing Bowl. E4 Note (Solar Plexus Chakra)
Weight 1 lb 12 ¼ oz (803g). 17 x 8.5 cm (approx. 6 ¾ x 3 ¼ inches)
This is a 17th or 18th century antique Tibetan Singing Bowl of the flat-bottomed and high-sided Thadobati type, with a lip that has been folded over during the forging process.
This has the effect of thickening and strengthening the rim, and leaves a distinctive and slightly irregular line (formerly the top edge) just below the outer rim. The top of the folded rim is then cut off and levelled.
This rare bowl form is often decorated with a ribbon of sun motifs (punched dots surrounded by circles) just below the rim, and this bowl is no exception. Furthermore, this particular bowl has an even rarer feature…a pattern of suns arranged as downward-facing triangles at the quarter or cardinal points below the ribbon. There are also two sets of concentric circles at its centre.
The fundamental note of this bowl is a middle E with a frequency of 325Hz whether struck or played around the rim. The rim note changes to a fifth octave Bb if a wooden ringer is used.
This bowl is in very good structural condition, with all decorative features clearly defined. The outer surface is clean and largely free of blemishes, while the inside has some stains.
A nice example of this rare bowl form, with the look and feel of antiquity! A double-ended teak and suede ringer is included in the price.
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