Weight 1.6 kilos (3 lb 8 oz). Size 28.5 x 11.5 cm (11 ¼ x 4 ½ inches)
This wonderful antique Lingam Singing Bowl is one of the largest Lingam bowls I have encountered in over 35 years of collecting rare bowls, and one of very few Jambati-Lingams.
With an incredible diameter of 11 ¼ inches and weighing just a little over 1 ½ kilos it is extraordinarily light for its enormous size, making it possible to hold and play rather than have it resting on a mat or cushion, as is usual with large bowls.
This huge superior quality 17th or 18th century Lingam bowl has ultra-fine hammered walls that have been worn smooth and refined by use and ritual cleaning over time, resulting in a fabulous low voice and the vibrant energy required to produce the OM sound.
The fundamental note is a perfect pitch low second octave G#2 (104Hz) when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. The rim note changes to fifth octave Eb5 (626Hz) with a wooden ringer.
When viewed from the side this bowl could easily be mistaken for a very large Jambati with its gracefully curved wall and rounded bottom. There is a narrow triangulated lip and a decorative incised band encircling the outer rim. Inside, at its centre, it has a large pointed lingam surrounded and defined by decorative circles, and underneath a particularly deep navel or yoni.
Its superior quality, age, size, voice, and excellent condition all combine to make this one of the most desirable and collectable of antique singing bowls, and its next lucky guardian can rest assured they have one of the rarest and finest bowls in the world.
This amazing Jambati-Lingam bowl was sourced in the Indian Himalayas bordering Nepal. It is in excellent structural condition, free of stains and blemishes, and has the look and feel of great antiquity.
Undoubtedly one of the oldest, rarest, and finest antique Lingam Singing Bowls in the world today!
A beautiful Tibetan silk brocade bowl cushion, a padded striker, and two different ringers are included in the price.
Listen: (4 struck notes and 2 played notes, suede ringere then wood).
Antique Lingam Singing Bowls are sacred musical vessels and the rarest and most sought-after of all Himalayan bowls. They typically have diameters of between 5 and 7 inches (23 to 28 cm). Very occasionally one of 9 or even 10 inches will come to light, but anything larger is virtually unheard of!