Weight 1.27 kilos (2 lb 12 oz). Size 20 x 10.5 cm (8 x 4 inches)
This is a large antique bell-shaped singing bowl of a type rarely seen these days with thick, smooth, and slightly splayed walls and a gently mounded centre. It has considerable age, possibly 18th century, and any decorative features it might once have possessed have been worn away over the years.
Bell-shaped bowls with their high walls have their own special sound. The fundamental note is a third octave F# (187Hz) when struck with a padded mallet, and F#3 to G3 (187-192Hz) when played around the rim with a suede ringer. The rim note changes to a fifth octave C (530Hz) if a wooden ringer is used. It is a very responsive bowl and a delight to hold and play. The struck F#3 note is particularly beautiful and has a long sustain.
It is structurally sound, basically clean, and has a nice aged bronze colour.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, a padded striker, and a double-ended teak and suede ringer are all included in the price.