This rare 18th Century Lingam Singing Bowl has a third octave A3 fundamental (222Hz) when struck with a padded mallet and a perfect pitch A3 (220Hz) when played around the rim with a suede ringer. The rim note changes to a sixth octave D6 (1196Hz) with a wooden ringer.
This very old singing bowl has been well used during its long life and its hammered wall has been worn silky smooth with the passage of time. However, the chain of decorative suns (dots within circles) encircling the outer rim are still well defined. The suns also form downward-facing triangles at the 4 compass points; a feature that is occasionally found on very old bowls.
The lingam at its centre is surrounded by two sets of well-worn circles, and there is a matching navel or yoni underneath. It has a slightly globular form, a sheered lip, and a flattish bottom.
This rare antique Lingam singing bowl is structurally sound, clean, free of stains and blemishes, with a smattering of copper oxidization inside. This is a very attractive antique bowl with a fine voice and the look and feel of great antiquity.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion and a ringer are included in the price.