Antique Tibetan Lingam Singing Bowl. C#4 (Root Chakra)
Weight 1 lb 16 oz. (904g). 18.5 x 9 cm (approx. 7 ¼ x 3 ½ inches)
This is a large and rather pretty high-wall antique Tibetan Lingam bowl. It is nicely forged, well balanced and of a size and weight that is comfortable to hold and play. It has an excellent grooved lip and the walls are generously decorated both inside and out. There is a nicely formed lingam at its centre surrounded by three concentric circles, and a single incised band high up about half an inch below the inside rim. The outer wall has a double row of tiny decorative or ritual cuts just below the rim, followed by three incised bands. Three more decorative bands surround the midpoint or belly of the bowl. The bottom of the bowl features a nice navel. The bowl is in very good condition for its considerable age.
This is a very responsive bowl with a pretty voice that varies subtlely according to whether it is struck above or below the midpoint. The fundamental note is a good mid octave C# whether struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim.
Lingam bowls are now extremely rare, and bowls of this size, weight and condition are particularly sought-after by collectors and practitioners.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion and a teak and suede ringer are included in the price.
Listen: (2 struck notes and 1 played note)