Antique Thadobati Singing & Talking Bowl. D4 & G5 Notes (Sacral & Throat Chakras) Weight 10¾ oz (303g). 13 x 6.5 cm (approx. 5 x 2½ inches).
This small antique Thadobati Singing and Talking Bowl dates from the early 19th century and features some ritual or ceremonial markings and an unusual mounded bottom. It is the mound that I believe gives rise to its extraordinary talking abilities when struck and rocked, or played around the rim, with a little water inside. Some experimentation with water levels and ringers may be necessary to achieve its vocal potential but this is undoubtedly one of the best small talking bowls I have ever encountered.
The outside wall is decorated with a series of ritual or ceremonial cuts below a pair of parallel lines that encircle the bowl below the rim. The centre of the bowl features an unusual (rare) raised area or mound that is matched by a depression underneath. Two incised lines encircling the bowl’s inner wall might well be water level markers.
This is an attractive and interesting bowl with finely forged walls. The struck note is a good middle D (290Hz). The rim note is the same with a suede ringer but changes to a fifth octave G (824Hz) if a wooden one is used. A double-ended teak and suede ringer are included in the price.