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A Chinese Paktong Incense Clock, 19th Century

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A Chinese Paktong Incense Clock, 19th Century
A Chinese Paktong (Chinese Alloy) and copper incense clock in the shape of a “Ruyi” form. Incense Clock (Xiang Zhong) - an ancient timekeeping device by Chinese.

This incense clock (Xiang Zhong) has an interior recessed tray to hold the incense seal template and the damper. The body is made from Paktong and trimmed in copper bead. The top part of the cover is made of copper as well. The incense seal template is made of bronze.

The six pierced openwork Chinese characters are: “Da Fu Gui Da Zhang Shou” the implied meaning is “Good Fortune and longevity”. The other openwork pattern next to the Chinese characters is a lotus flower symbol. Lotus is one of the symbols of the Eight Treasures of Buddhism. The openwork carved incense seal template is the Chinese character of “Shou”, meaning longevity. The use of this old fashion art form design is an elongated form of the word of “Shou”, representing the “unlimited longevity of life”.

Paktong is a very rare metal that originated in China. It is an alloy consisting of copper, nickel and zinc, in various proportions. The condition of this incense burner is excellent, there still some burn marks inside the cover, which I find great and would not suggest any further cleaning.

Couple very minor repairs on the bottom, beside of that the piece is excellent condition.


Length 9 1/4 x Depth 2 1/4 x Height 1 1/2 inch

(Length 23.5 x Depth 5.5 x Height 3.7 cm)

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