Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
Singing bowls are a type of bell, specifically classified as a standing bell. Rather than hanging inverted or attached to a handle, singing bowls sit with the bottom surface resting. and rim of singing bowls vibrate to produce sound characterized by a fundamental frequency and usually two audible harmonic overtones.
Singing bowls are used worldwide for meditation, music, relaxation, and personal well-being. Singing bowls were historically made throughout Asia, especially Nepal, China and Japan. They are closely related to decorative bells made along the silk road from the Near East to Western Asia. Today they are made in Nepal, India, Japan, China and Korea.
A singing bowl such as this was used to awaken the spirits of monks that were dormant in the Longmen-Grottoes. A prolonged ritual of welcoming was performed to honor the arrival of spiritual beings into the Grottoes once again.