Antique Tibetan Lingam Singing Bowl. B3 (Crown Chakra)
Weight 2 lb 6 ¾ oz. (1.10 kilos). 18.5 x 9.5 cm (approx. 7 ½ x 3 ¾ inches)
This is a large antique Lingam singing bowl with an excellent third octave B fundamental (struck) note that is sometimes accompanied by a subtle C4 harmonic. The B3 rim note is quite close to concert pitch when played with a suede ringer. It is very responsive and easy to play.
This ancient bowl came to us via our on-going bowl search for rare and premium quality bowls in the Himalayas. When it was found the interior was heavily tarnished with grease and grime and it has since been professionally and sensitively cleaned in Kathmandu to restore the sound to its former glory. Some patina of age remains but the physical appearance of this ancient bowl is therefore a little brighter and cleaner than usual. It is now a stunning singing bowl with the most beautiful golden colour.
It is a very nicely proportioned Thadobati-shaped bowl with a high-sided wall that gently curves in towards the rim. It has a deeply grooved lip; a very nice centrally placed pointed lingam surrounded by concentric circles, and a neat navel on the underside. There are two decorative bands of punched dots and some incised lines below the outer rim, and several more lines around the middle of the bowl’s belly.
This bowl is believed to date from the 19th century (possibly earlier) and is in excellent structural condition for its age.
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, a padded mallet, and a teak and suede ringer are all included in the price.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 1 played note)