Antique Remuna-Lingam. Notes G3 & C#5 (Throat & Root Chakras)
Weight 850 grams (1 lb 14 oz). Size 18 x 8 cm (7 x 3 inches)
This is a rare antique Remuna-Lingam Singing Bowl with a beautiful third octave G3 (200Hz) fundamental when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. However, the rim note is soon accompanied by a harmonic that gradually builds into a wonderfully powerful perfect pitch C#5 (555Hz). The rim note is the same with a wooden ringer. There is also a degree of self-amplification.
Lingam bowls have a very distinctive sound, and Remuna bowls are renowned for their beautiful voices and ease of play. This lovely bowl is exceptionally responsive and combines the best of both worlds. It is believed to date from the mid 1800s, but quite possibly earlier.
This unusual Lingam Singing Bowl has the body and sonic characteristics of a Remuna bowl. It has the classic Remuna form with its fine slightly globular wall, sheered lip, and decorative bands encircling the belly…but with the rare addition of a lingam surrounded by circles at its centre, and a matching navel or yoni underneath.
This is a really old bowl that has seen a lot of use in its life, and most of its external decorative features have been worn down through handling and ritual cleaning, leaving faint evidence of their presence. One can still make out the faint circles around the belly, the ritual gashes, and the band of sun motifs (dots inside circles) encircling the rim, but only the deeper dots at their centre remain.
However, this bowl is in excellent structural condition, clean and free of stains, with a particularly interesting hammered outer wall. A series of unusual vertical marks around the rim probably served a ritual purpose. It has a nice antique golden bronze colour.
A ringer is included in the price.
A characterful old bowl with a great voice and lots of interesting features!
Listen: (4 struck notes and 2 played notes, suede ringer then wood).