Weight 3 lb 9 oz. (1.61 kilos). Size 21.5 x 10.5 cm (8½ x 4¼ inches)
This is a large antique Lingam Singing Bowl (circa 1800) in good condition, clean and stain-free. It has a sumptuous deep golden bronze colour with just a hint of patina.
This bowl has a beautiful voice, a middle octave D (289-291Hz) when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. The rim note changes to a powerful fifth octave G# (833Hz) if a wooden ringer is used.
This bowl has been superbly forged. It has thick even walls, a flat wide lip, a large pointed lingam at its centre, and a superb deep navel underneath. Any decorative features it may once have possessed have been worn away with use over the years, although a pair of incised lines encircle the bowl just below the outer rim.
This bowl is a delight to hold and play. It is so smooth to the touch, inside and out, that it’s hard to imagine it was originally hammered into shape, and that the surface has been worn smooth through years and years of handling and use. A padded striker and a suede-wrapped ringer are included in the price.
Someone, probably a Nepalese bowl dealer, has lightly filed two small areas on the outer wall in an attempt to smooth over a couple of tiny dings of absolutely no consequence. These minor cosmetic issues are only noticeable on close inspection and have no impact on the general beauty of the bowl or its sonic quality, but I have reduced the price nonetheless.
Listen: (2 struck notes and 2 played notes, with suede then wood ringers)
Note: We are currently blessed with several very similar large (8 to10 inch) antique Lingam bowls with different voices. Please contact us here if you are seeking a particular note or chakra.