Censing has a long history in China. Generally, people cense their clothes to show courtesy and censing later became a practice favored by intellectuals. Before the Han Dynasty (206BC-AD220), incense burners made of ceramics, porcelain, brass, iron and tiles already came into being.
Chinese incense burners are frequently made to resemble a metal or stone dish and stand on small legs. Today many cultures throughout the world use incense burner holders for religious and spiritual rituals. The design of many Chinese and Japanese incense burners are heavily influenced by religious images, such as the Buddha or Chinese gods.
Many people light incense burner holders in spiritual places, such as altars, temples and sacred places and pray while they are lit. It is very common in many Asian countries to see people deep in prayer while next to a Chinese incense burner. In addition to being part of a spiritual tradition that extends back thousands of years, incense burner holders give off a pleasing fragrance that spreads across a large area.
Ruyi Incense Burner (cloisonné)
This is a six petals, Qing Dynasty incense burner. Both of the stove-foot and stove-ear are made from the Chinese traditional Ruyi shape. The traditional meander lotus pattern is to be decoration design. The pattern is numerous but in not chaotic.