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 playfully hugging a giant Carp.
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 lin 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.
In Feng Shui, fish is believed to increase the momentum of wealth generation, gather accumulation of wealth, and neutralize negative forces. The Chinese associate the fish with abundance and prosperity partly because of the Chinese character for fish, ‘yu’ means abundance. The Carp is probably the most sought-after Feng Shui fish famed for its determination to achieve success. The legend of the carp jumping and crossing over “Dragon Gate” to transform into a Dragon signifies the ability to persistently overcome hardship to achieve one’s ambitions or goals. Although the carp is often being associated with scholastic success and literary luck, it is also a potent emblem of happy outcomes, blissful marriage, and prosperity. 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 with Carp is thus a symbol of all-around good fortune and bliss.