Antique Tibetan Lingam Singing Bowl. G#4 (Throat Chakra)
Weight 1 lb 2 ½ oz. (526g). 14.5 x 7.5 cm (approx. 5 ¾ x 3 inches)
A rare smallish antique Tibetan Lingam Singing Bowl (circa 18th – 19th century) with an attractive shape and a nice voice.
The fundamental note is a good middle octave G# whether struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. This is a responsive bowl that is very pleasant to hold and easy to play.
It has been well forged and has an attractive shape and lots of decorative features, including a double band of punched dots forming a collar below the grooved rim, circles around the central lingam, and an incised band encircling the middle of the outer wall. It has a neat mound lingam, and a pretty navel on the underside.
This rare bowl is in good structural condition and very clean. As with many ancient bronze bowls there is a small area of copper oxidization on the inside wall, but this is of no real consequence and has no discernable impact on the sound. It has a nice antique gold colour and the look and feel of antiquity.
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)