Himalayan Singing Bowls

Singing bowls can either be tapped gently with a mallet or rubbed around the rim with
a playing stick to produce their tones. It may help to tap the bowl gently to begin their

Himalayan singing bowls, often called Tibetan singing bowls, are from the magical Himalayas of India,
Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Some of the singing bowls are a century old or more. Himalayan singing bowls
are made from an alloy of five or more metals which include bronze (an alloy of copper and tin), gold,
silver, zinc and iron. This bell metal, or li as it is called in Tibetan, has different hues and tones depending
on the varying proportions of metals in the individual bowl. There are also slight stylistic differences
depending on where the singing bowl originates.

From the Supplier:  There are varying accounts of the original use of the singing bowls. We are conservative in our view,
but confident that our 30+ year history of importing Himalayan singing bowls and bells gives us some credibility. We do
not feel it is possible to state that a singing bowl is 15th or 16th c. - there are not stylistic features, as in statues, to help
date a bowl.   What we do know to be true is that the singing bowls are traditionally filled with water, rice, food or flowers
as offerings.
In addition, our Tibetan bell-maker has told us that the old Tibetan singing bowls could be used to detect
in food, and that the bowls were also placed on various parts of the body for healing.