Yixing Violet Sand Buddhist Monk Incense Burner
This handsome earthenware is handcrafted from violet clay, known as "Yixing Zisha" by collectors. The earthenware first appeared during the northern sung dynasty (960- 1127 AD) in the Yixing region of china, about 120 miles northwest of shanghai. Its popularity flourished in the late Ming dynasty (1600 AD).
Zisha, violet sand, in addition to its low porosity, thermal conductivity and water absorption rate, also takes on a variety of earthy hues of mauve, begonia red, pear yellow, royal purple and jet black depending on the different firing temperatures.
The scholar class adopted these unique and versatile characteristics of Zisha for its incense burners, flowerpots, ink stones, brush rests and many other literati trappings and especially for tea savoring.
Many of our designs are elaborate replicas of china's treasures which were once only made available to the imperial court and not to commoners.
This smooth terracotta colored “Yixing Zisha” incense burner depicts a young Buddhist monk on a matching base set built for coils of sandalwood incense. His arms extend to allow the incense to escape and fill one’s room with the soothing aroma. The design measures 6 ½” height x 4 ¾” base and weighs about 1 3/8 lb. A marvelous interpretation. These marvelous interpretations by local artisans of ceremonial ware will definitely add a unique and tasteful signature to your home decoration ideas. Impress your friends with this one of a kind collection and treasure this work of art for years to come.
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