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Tracing Singing Bowl History

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While singing bowls are distinctly Himalayan, they are a remnant of a very ancient craft that did not originate in the Himalayas. In fact, the technology was a late arrival to the region and has been lost everywhere else in the world. Bowls from ancient Persia made with the same technology date back 5,000 years.

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Singing Bowl Provenance & History

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The true story of singing bowls is much more interesting, spanning 4,000 years and 4 continents, involving some of the world’s earliest technology. The Singing Bowl Book tells the whole story of how these wonderful objects evolved to become one of the world’s most loved musical instruments.

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The truth about singing bowl metal

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We tested hundreds of antique and new singing bowls easily, with the use of modern computerized equipment. Our testing was conclusive: singing bowls have been made for centuries from the same traditional bronze alloy. It contains about 87% copper and 23% tin.

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Oxford studies antique bronze from Himalayan Bowls

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Scientists at the University of Oxford studied a group of antique singing bowls from Himalayan Bowls during 2010. Archaeological metallurgists from the renowned university’s Department of Materials have confirmed Himalayan Bowls’ own metallurgical analysis of hundreds of singing bowls. The Oxford experts confirmed the dating system and assessment process used by Himalayan Bowls founder Joseph [...]

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About Singing Bowl Decoration

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A quick way to know if a singing bowl is new or antique is to look at the decoration. New singing bowls can be plain or decorated. The decoration on new singing bowls is typically more elaborate and covers a good portion of the surface. Antique decoration is more abstract and typically only found near the rim.

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Tracing singing bowl history

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Artisans since ancient times used the special annealing technique, special details in the shape and the best bell metal bronze to achieve the special sound of singing bowls. Today singing bowls are the last remnant of this ancient bowl hammering tradition. The New Hand Made Singing Bowls from Himalayan Bowls are made using the same [...]

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Singing bowls are made from bell metal

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Singing bowls are made from bell metal bronze, a combination of 77-80% copper and 20-23% tin. All antique singing bowls and all new handmade singing bowls are made from the same high quality bell metal bronze. A small percentage of antique singing bowls contain up to 1% iron. Bell metal bronze is a special preparation with [...]

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The magic of singing bowl shape

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Singing bowls were formed into elegant shapes by hammering. Artisans developed a variety of shapes which produce different tonal qualities. Over the centuries they learned to change the pitch of the bowls by altering the size and thickness of the metal.

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Ancient clues to singing bowl origins

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Singing bowls are a remnant of one of the most ancient metalworking traditions in the world. The process still used to make a singing bowl dates back up to 5,000 years. Singing bowls are made by annealing. Annealing is a process of shaping bronze by repeatedly heating and cooling the metal. The bronze is hammered, [...]

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