A chenxiangmu archaistic tripod incense burner, ding
Late Qing Dynasty Carved with deep rounded sides, the exterior decorated with archaistic scrolls and sinuous beasts between six vertical flanges, the rim surmounted by a pair of upright handles, all supported on three cylindrical legs, each with taotie masks centred on short flanges. 14.5cm high.
Chenxiangmu, known in English as aloeswood or agarwood, is prized in China, Japan and Tibet for its pleasing and complex smell. The aromatic quality of the wood is a result of a type of parasitic fungus or mould infection, which makes the wood produce very dense, dark, fragrant resin.
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