Modern Incense Holder - Art of China - Porcelain monk
Modern incense holder - Chinese
Incense holder made in a traditional way:
Our incense holders have a modern design, although they are directly inspired by traditional Chinese art objects. These are handcrafted pieces made from natural materials such as porcelain, wood and pottery. Each of the incense holders we offer is an original creation, inspired by the inspiration and imagination of a Chinese artist. For his creations, he worked to bring a touch of modernity to an object that is part of the traditional culture of China.
Our incense holders have a dual function. Indeed, their design and their aesthetics make them perfect objects for interior decoration of houses. In addition, they allow to benefit from the benefits of the incense which brings the serenity and the appeasement. The scent of incense has the power to calm people in the same room and promotes concentration. The Chinese artist who created our incense holders imagined a game of smoke that allows you to relax by following its path.
History of incense in China:
Incense has been used since ancient times in China, but also in Europe, Africa, America, India and the rest of Asia. At that time, and for millennia, incense was mainly used for religious and spiritual rites. The great ancient religions used a large amount of incense, so its trade quickly became a very lucrative business. At that time, India and the southern countries of the Arabian Peninsula were the largest production areas in the world. Many "Incense Roads" have been created to serve Europe and the rest of Asia, mainly by land..
The composition of the incense was different from one continent to another, but the most used resin is produced from Boswellia genus trees of the family Burseraceae. This tree is native to Oman, but it is also grown in India, Yemen and Somalia. It is the male tree that produces the resin to make incense, but it is necessary that it reaches the age of 10 years minimum to obtain resin of good quality. To harvest the resin, the bark of this tree is incised by removing a long, narrow flap. Then, this area is scraped to collect resin concretions that fall into a container. In contact with the air, the resin hardens and is harvested two or three weeks later.
In ancient times, in China, incense was considered more valuable than gold. It was a prestigious subject, just like jade. In Egypt, the etymology of the word incense refers to the divine, as in Greece or among the Romans. Incense is also widely used among Christians because it is one of the gifts that the Magi brought to Christ. The smoke that emanates from the burning of incense symbolizes in this religion the prayers that go up to heaven and to God. During Christian ceremonies, incense is burned in censers that are balanced to spread its fragrance throughout the religious building.
Incense was very much present in the rites of pagan religions, and it was quickly taken over by the great monotheistic religions for their own rites. Moreover, the composition of the incense is in the Bible, because God would have given the "recipe" of the incense to Moses. The shamans of Asia and America quickly discovered that the incense brought inner calm and serenity, the foundations of well-being according to them. They also breathed incense to the sick to cure certain diseases. For this purpose, they disposed the resin on hot coal or on a heated stone until incandescent.
Today, incense is considered as an objective ally of well-being. Indeed, its effectiveness is established by Western and Eastern medicine concerning certain ailments such as Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis or asthma. It is still used in religious rites all over the world, and many private individuals consume it privately, to purify the air of their home in particular. The virtues of incense are universally recognized throughout the world, in the field of perfumery, health and well-being.
For many centuries, sandalwood has been one of the basic ingredients of incense in Asia and other continents. Indeed, this tree grows mainly in India, Australia, Nepal, Hawaii and New Caledonia. The main advantage of Sandalwood, when it comes into the composition of the incense, is that it is an excellent fixative to capture the aromas of other essential oils of the composition. In addition, its smell is woody and sweet, which makes it very pleasant. Sandalwood has soothing, soothing, antiseptic and disinfecting properties.
As a result, Sandalwood is widely used in the composition of grain or stick incense. It purifies the air inside houses, leaving a delicate and pleasant smell. It is established that Sandalwood acts positively on the alpha waves of the brain, those that allow you to meditate serenely. It also comes in the form of a scented oil that helps to calm down, fight anxiety, fight acne, revitalize skin and restore blood circulation. Sandalwood has been used for many centuries by Burmese, Egyptians, Chinese and Europeans.