Antique Tibetan Lingam Singing Bowl. Eb4 (Solar Plexus Chakra)
Weight 3 lb 2 ¼ oz. (1.42 kilos). 20 x 10 cm (approx. 8 x 4 inches)
This is a magnificent large antique Lingam singing bowl with an excellent mid octave Eb fundamental when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. This bowl is very responsive and easy to play.
Weighing well over 3 pounds this is an exceptionally thick and heavy Thadobati-shaped Lingam bowl whose smooth high-sided walls are equal in height to half of its 8-inch diameter…making it an unusually deep bowl. Its depth and thickness would have made this a difficult bowl to forge, and considerable skill and effort would have been required to achieve an even thickness and a smooth finish.
This top quality bowl is believed to date from the 18th century. It is attractive and clean, but any decorative features it may once have had have been worn away with the passage of time. This bowl is smooth inside and out, and a sensual delight to hold and play.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, a padded mallet, and a teak and suede ringer are all included in the price.
Note: This bowl is strong and structurally sound but there are a number of small raised spots on the inside and a few underneath that I am at a loss to explain, although I am certain they are contemporaneous with the original forging. They might have resulted from impurities or inclusions in the original molten metal mix or perhaps tiny bubbles of trapped air, but they appear now to be solid and of the same substance as the rest of the bowl. Their presence has no impact on the sound quality.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 1 played note)