This beautiful small rounded foliated form with a swing handle has a beautiful patina - the reticulate lid has a cracked ice pattern with leaves. It has a fine inscription on the base. Age: 19th century. Size: 5 ¾" high x 5 diameter.
“The function of a burner determines its shape, Qian says. Some were swinging burners, held on chains by people who walked through a room to spread the fragrance. Today, many excavated censers have three legs, some short, some long, while others have round or flat bottoms, he says. Handles can be long, fixed upright, or they can be rings; some incense burners have no handles. A lid with an open filigree, or filigreed vessel, could disperse a heavy and powerful scent. Incense pieces or blocks required an open censor. Incense could be burned directly on the bottom. Long sticks of incense required different shapes to hold them, or they were stuck in sand. Some shapes were elaborate”.