Weight 1.73 kilos (3 lb 12 ¾ oz). Size 23 x 11 cm (9 x 4 ¼ inches)
This superlative rare golden Antique Lingam Singing Bowl is one of the last of its kind, and I doubt you will ever see another like it outside of this website and my personal collection. It is one of a number of similar wonderful bowls that I acquired from the private collection of a Tibetan antique bowl dealer in Nepal, and I have only come across one other in over 30 years of collecting bowls at source. They almost certainly come from the same forge and master bowl-maker.
This bowl is believed to date from the 18th century and is exceptional both physically and musically. It has a gloriously pure and pulsating third octave B fundamental (240Hz) when struck with a padded mallet. The note sometimes moves from 240 Hz to 244Hz when played around the rim with a suede ringer, but returns to 240Hz sustain when the ringer is lifted. The rim note can also be pushed into a fantastic F5 with the suede ringer if desired, but will readily change to the fifth octave F (688Hz) if a wooden ringer is employed.
It has been beautifully forged. It has a gracefully curved form, a wide lip, a prominent pointed central Lingam at the centre, and an attractive deep navel underneath. A pair of incised lines form a decorative collar around the outer rim.
This bowl has wonderfully silky-smooth walls and the most beautiful antique golden bronze colour. It is in excellent structural condition and free of stains and blemishes. It comes with a Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, a striker and a ringer.
A rare and beautiful antique Lingam singing bowl!
Listen: (2 struck notes and 2 played notes, suede ringer then wood)