Weight 1.55 kilos (3 lb 7 oz). Size 24 x 12 cm (9 ½ x 4 ¾ inches)
This is one of only 3 antique Ultabati-Lingam Singing bowls that I have encountered in over 35 years of collecting at source in the Himalayas, two of which carry inscription including this one. The Ultabati-Lingam must surely be a virtually unique bowl form. This rare bowl is believed to date from the 1800s and is exceptionally beautiful.
It has the distinctive Ultabati caldron-like form, with a scooped neck and an out-turned downward-sloping grooved lip. And there are decorative incised encircling its shoulder. What makes it so special is the large pointed lingam surrounded and defined by circles at its centre, and the navel or yoni underneath. It is a unique combination of the two bowl forms.
This bowl also benefits from an inscription on the outer wall, a certain indication of the high esteem in which it was held by a former keeper. A band of small ritual gashes just below the outer rim adds further interest.
The fundamental note is a fabulous perfect pitch third octave Eb3 (155/6Hz) when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim. The rim note changes to an uncommon A4 (439/40Hz) with a wooden ringer.
This rare antique Utabati-Lingam Singing Bowl is has been superbly crafted and is physically very beautiful with a multitude of small hammer marks that catch the light. It is in excellent structural condition and has a lovely dark bronze colour with an aged patina.
A truly exceptional singing bowl!
A Tibetan silk brocaded bowl cushion, padded striker, and a ringer are all included in the price.
Listen: (4 struck notes and 2 played notes, suede ringer then wood).