This unique-looking 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 the Sau, the God of Longevity resting in a Peach shaped cavity.
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.
The God of Longevity or Sau is probably the most popular deity out of the three-star Gods Fuk Luk Sau. He represents good health, longevity, and quality, and smooth life. He is usually depicted carrying a Dragon staff with a Wu Lou and Peach. The Wu Lou is believed to be filled with the nectar of immortality. The Peach has long been regarded as a traditional symbol for good health, longevity, and immortality. Legend has it that the Eight Immortals will be invited by the Goddess of the West for a feast when her trees bear fruits, which is how they attained immortality. The most famous folk tale related to the peaches would probably be Journey to the West, where the Monkey God stole and ate the peaches of immortality from the garden of the Goddess of the West and attained immortality.
It is believed that having the image of the Sau Deity brings protection and blessings of good health, longevity, peace, and happiness. Display the Zisha Clay Longevity Sau Deity in Peach Incense Burner to enjoy the blessings and protection of the God of Longevity who will help ward off negativities and ill health.