Unusual Antique Singing Bowl. G#4 Note (Throat Chakra)
Weight 1 lb 9 oz. (704g). 18.5 x 11 cm (approx. 7 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches)
This extraordinary antique singing bowl has a unique voice and also benefits from an inscription. The fundamental struck note is a very interesting mid octave G# that is close to concert pitch when struck with a padded striker. The rim note is the same G4 when played with a suede or wooden ringer.
This unusual bowl with its rare form (I’ve only seen one other like it) is in excellent condition for its age. It has an attractive golden colour and is virtually free of stains and blemishes. It sits comfortably in the hand and is easy to play.
Decoration is limited to a few well-worn circles at its centre, a fine line along its lip, and several incised parallel lines forming a (now faint) collar just below the outer rim. A decorative band of sun motifs (a punched dot surrounded by a circle) sits between the lines, and also extends beyond them at intervals around the bowl.
The unique shape of this old bowl results in a sound quality unlike any other. I particularly like the way the sound appears to form inside the bowl…and once it gets going it becomes directional and escapes from its open mouth like a genie in a bottle!
A double-ended teak and suede ringer are included in the price.
Listen: (2 struck notes and 1 played note)