Weight 866 grams (1 lb 15 oz). Size 19 x 8.5 cm (7 ½ x 3 ¼ inches)
This antique bowl is simply stunning, physically, aesthetically and sonically. It is perfectly proportioned and has been superbly crafted with a gracefully curved wall rising from a moderately small and flat bottom. It has a grooved lip, and there is a perfect lingam surrounded by circles at its centre, with a matching navel or yoni underneath. Two decorative bands of tiny dots encircle the outer rim, and there are lines, now faint, around its belly. It is undoubtedly one of the loveliest bowls in my entire collection.
It has a fabulous close to perfect pitch middle octave C#4 (279Hz) fundamental with a long sustain when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. The C#4 rim note will readily progress to a fifth octave G#5 (810Hz) if desired, depending upon the pressure and speed applied to the ringer. The note changes to the G#5 with a wooden ringer.
The inner and outer walls of this rare 18th Century Lingam Singing Bowl have been worn incredibly silky smooth over the years making it a sensual delight to hold and play.
It is clean, stain-free, and structurally perfect save for a tiny ding on the outside that doesn’t penetrate the wall or impact on its wonderful voice. It has a beautiful a fabulous deep antique golden bronze colour and the look and feel of antiquity.
A fabulous antique bowl in all respects!
A Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion and a double ended teak and suede ringer are included in the price.
Listen: (3 struck notes and 2 played notes, suede ringer then wood).