Antique Mani-Lingam Singing Bowl. C5 (535-538Hz) Root Chakra Weight 2 lb 9 ¾ oz (1.17 kilos). 18.5 x 10.5 cm (approx. 7 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches)
This is a unique one-of-a-kind antique Mani-Lingam Singing Bowl…quite possibly the sole survivor of this extraordinary bowl form, and certainly the only one I have seen in nearly 30 years of collecting. It is a 50/50 amalgamation of the Mani shape with that of a Lingam, both physically and sonically, and the result is truly wonderful.
This large bowl is not quite as heavy as one might expect were it simply a Mani, as the walls are finer than usual. Viewed from above and in profile it has the typical ancient Mani form with conical walls that taper towards the rim, and a wide flat inward facing grooved lip. There are well-defined incised bands forming a typical decorative collar below the outer rim and around its bulbous belly.
Thus far, it looks like a Mani bowl! But take a look inside and there is a lovely mounded breast-like nipple…a beautiful lingam surrounded by two sets of concentric circles. Turn the bowl over and it has, as expected, the wide flat bottom of a typical Mani bowl…except that at its centre is the characteristic depression, or navel, one finds on virtually every Lingam bowl! This bowl is a perfect fusion of both bowl forms.
So how does this unique union of form manifest in terms of sound? The short answer is wonderfully! The struck note is a beautiful fifth octave C with a frequency of 535Hz (a high note like most Mani bowls, and unlike most Lingams). The played rim note is, like a typical Mani, the same C5 (538-541Hz) but with a subtle harmonic that one rarely finds in a Mani…a third octave F (176Hz). This rim note is very special in that it combines the sonic properties associated with both bowl forms…the unique and powerful beat of the Mani with the characteristic sweetness and purity of the Lingam. This is a very responsive bowl and easy to play; the rim note sings readily with a suede-wrapped ringer.
The condition of this wonderful bowl is exceptional…structurally sound, clean, and blemish free, and quite remarkable for a bowl that could be 200 years old. A padded striker and a teak and suede ringer are included in the price.
A fabulous bowl that will excite both Mani and Lingam collectors alike!