Several years ago I traveled to Nepal and stayed for an entire month. During the time I was there, Tibet opened its doors to tourists, and while I had wanted to go, I didn't really have the time or extra money to secure a visa. I did however bring home several Tibetan goodies as souvenirs for myself and family members. My favorite item I brought home was a gorgeous Tibetan Singing Bowl. Unfortunately over the years it has gone missing from my possession, so when I ran across Silver Sky Imports I was thrilled to see the variety of handmade items from the Himalayas that they carry.
Silver Sky Imports offered to send their 4.5" Black Cast Tibetan Singing Bowl for a review. I figured since we're closing in on the holidays, featuring an item from a pretty nifty online store would be perfect for those of you that have to shop for more of the eclectic crowd but often times don't know where to start.
"This Tibetan cast singing bowl comes in its original form with superb smooth rim and covered in various designs. This bowl also includes a striker which is used to make the bowl sing. Each bowl is hand selected for its tone, size, and quality. It has a wonderful tone and is very easy to sing, great for the beginner." ~ Silver Sky Imports
The singing bowl I received is beautiful. Not my personal preference (I tend to like monotone coloring), but that's neither here nor there. Silver Sky Imports definitely carries the type that I'd most likely choose for myself. The bowl is weighted nicely, and the tone is pleasant. Because it's a smaller bowl with a smaller opening, the tone is higher. (I like to torment my dog with the sound since she's never sure exactly what is going on.) The bowl is extremely easy to sing. A gentle but firm tap with the striker and within a matter of a few strokes around the bowl and it is singing beautifully.
I love that the bowl comes with a striker. When I was in Nepal I had to buy these pieces separately. I ended up coming home with two, and while one worked perfectly, the other I happened to pick up was not a good match. With the two pieces coming together I think it's safe to assume the striker received will work with the bowl.
Although there isn't a lot of information known about the origination of Tibetan Singing Bowls, they're often used for meditation practices, relaxation, stress reduction and Reiki. If you're like me, and not really someone who practices meditation or Reiki, they're a just a neat handcrafted decorative instrument. Honestly, I'd like to have an entire collection of them adorning my home. Silver Sky Imports has a huge selection of singing bowls ranging from small to large, antique, and even zen singing bowls.
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