Height: 5 1/2 inches, 13.2 cm
Width: 2 inches, 5 cm

Wood incense vase

China, 17th - 18th century

An incense stick vase of baluster shape, supported on an integrated wood stand. The body of the vase is carved with a row of formal, upright leaves. The long, cylindrical neck has two rings in the middle and flares outwards at the rim. The well-figured wood is chocolate brown in colour.

This beautifully carved, small vase would have been placed by the scholar/artist on his desk and would have held a lighted incense stick to spread fragrance in the interior.