Antique Tibetan Singing and Talking Bowl. C & G Notes (Root & Throat Chakras)
Weight 1 lb 14 oz (852g). 23 x 7 ½ cm (approx. 9 x 3 inches)
This is a large and versatile antique Manipuri bowl with a solemn low octave third octave fundamental C note when struck with a padded mallet. When played around the rim with a suede ringer the note becomes a mid octave G. With a little practice a variety of other notes can also be brought out…and this bowl has a good talking voice and some fountain ability too.
It has the shallow low profile and decoration one associates with the Manipuri form…including mala bead or sun motifs (dots within a circles) around the lip and also within concentric circles, now worn rather faint, on the bowl’s floor. Another pair of inscribed circles are high up on the inside wall, about an inch below the rim. The outside of the bowl retains much of its original hammered surface, while the inside is now smooth to the touch. The bowl has a bright golden colour and is virtually free of blemishes.
A double-ended teak and suede ringer is included in the price.
Listen (struck and played notes)