This lovely incense burner is made of Purple clay or Zisha, a fine-textured and porous material found only in Yixing, China, giving rise to it being also known as Yixing clay. It features a child hoisting a gigantic ingot topped with a smaller one.
The incense burner is used to burn incense, a ritual that has been practiced throughout history as one of the most popular methods to symbolically bless, clean, enhance and purify the atmosphere or Chi in a living or workspace. The aromatic smoke of the incense will enliven stale energy, create a sense of tranquility and produce Seng Chi, the intrinsic energy which brings good fortune. This burner can be used to hold both cones and standard incense sticks.
Gold Ingots are called “Yuen Bao” in Chinese. They were used as a currency by high officials and emperors in ancient China and today, in Feng Shui terms, they are regarded as the symbol of wealth and fortune. Gold ingots are extremely auspicious and are essential ingredients for wealth vases and wealth ships. In Chinese culture, a child epitomizes the purity and innocence of a holy sage and is the traditional depiction of auspicious happiness and abundance. The Child carrying Ingot is thus a symbol of complete good fortune and bliss.