Central Asia, Nepal, ca. mid to late 20th century CE. A broad sheet-brass bowl formed with a slightly concave base, rounded walls, and a thin rim that surrounds the deep basin. In Nepalese and Tibetan prayer ceremonies, bowls like this are smoothly and continuously rubbed around the rim with a hard striker or 'singing tool' made from metal or wood. The constant vibrations in the bowl create a meditative humming sound that allows for thoughtful contemplation and intense concentration. Size: 7.375" W x 3.4" H (18.7 cm x 8.6 cm).
Provenance: private J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA, acquired between 2000 and 2005; ex-Himalayan Mercantile, Hutchinson, Kansas, USA
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Original striker missing. Minor abrasions and staining to base, walls, rim, and basin surfaces, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and nice patina throughout.