Seven-Inch Antique Singing Bowl
These large antique singing bowls come from Nepal and India. Going by the local name of “Thadobati,” the bowls are composed of bronze and were hand-hammered and etched. Each one is different. Owing to use the hammer marks and etching have softened, worn by time. Each bowl is unique.
The bowls all have deep tones, below middle C in the third musical octave. These antiques are selected for their resonance and harmonious layering of tones. Each singing bowl is labeled with the musical note and octave along with a unique identifying number.
The bowls are 6 ½ to 7 ½ inches wide and have straight tall walls. The tall walls are functional, providing a large sweet spot for mallet strikes. The rims on these bowls tend to be configured for easy and powerful play when spun with the provided ringing stick. The leather side is best for playing the bass tone while flipping to the wood side overtones are easily heard. The bottoms of the bowls are flat for good contact on a cushioned surface.
In the 1970s and 80s, many antique bowls made their way over the Himalayas to Nepal where they were sold to tourists or collected and shipped out of the country. That source for singing bowls has long been exhausted. These days the only sources for old bowls are rural areas of the Himalayan mountains and the foothills as well as the provinces of northeast India, these bowls come from there.
Each singing bowl is individually numbered with a sticker showing the style, note, and octave. The packing slip will have weight, dimensions, note, octave, frequency in Hz, and overtone.
Each bowl comes with a ringing stick, wood on one side and leather on the other for spinning the rim.
All prices are in US dollars.
Customers are responsible for any additional duties, customs, and/or sales tax.