Weight 572 grams (1 lb 4 oz). Size 16 x 8 cm (6 ¼ x 3 inches)
This small and very rare bell-shaped Lingam Singing Bowl has two excellent and distinctive voices, both of which are close to concert pitch and sing together when the bowl is played around the rim with a suede ringer.
The fundamental note is a third octave F3 (173Hz) when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. The rim note begins as F3 but is soon accompanied by a middle Bb4 (465Hz) harmonic, which eventually takes over. It is a very responsive bowl with a slightly bell-like sound and easy to play.
This rare Lingam bowl is believed to date from the 1800s. It has a rounded bottom and very fine wall that flares out bell-like towards the rim. It has a sheered lip and decorative bands at intervals around the entire outer wall and even underneath. There is a neat lingam at its centre surrounded by circles, and a matching navel or yoni underneath.
This lovely small antique bowl shows signs of its age but is structurally sound and basically clean, with an aged patina.
A rare and interesting small Lingam bowl with a great voice and a delight to hold and play!
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion and a ringer are included in the price.
Listen: (5 struck notes and 2 played notes, suede ringer then wood).