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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 Mesopotamia made with the same technology have date back 5,000 years.

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a quick note about antique singing bowl 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 and sustained as one of humankind’s longest continuously made objects.

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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 and dating assessment of antique singing bowls. Dr. Peter Northrup and his team examined a group of antique bronze bowls from [...]

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About Singing Bowl Decoration

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Antiques singing bowls typically have 3 types of decoration: Floral / Vine designs: The most rare type of decoration are floral designs of vines and leaves wrapping around the bowl. Some have fine elaborations with engraved flowers and abstract patterns. The leaf designs in this type are the deepest cut, so as the decorations wear [...]

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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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The truth about singing bowl 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 [...]

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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 not only the size but also the thickness of the metal. Slight variations in the thickness caused by the hammering produces [...]

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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 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, heated and [...]

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