Large Splash Sculptural Incense Burner (Retail $432)

Large Splash Sculptural Incense Burner (Retail $432)


A Mabkhar in Arabic or Dabqaad in Somali is a censer, or incense burner, used to burn resin on coals. The resin is derived from aromatic tree resin such as frankincense or myrrh. Incense smoke, like tobacco smoke, was believed by many indigenous traditions to carry ones prayers to the Gods. During the peak of the ancient spice trade it is said that frankincense was more valuable than gold, therefore, burning frankincense was the greatest form of ritualistic offering.

The design of this piece is a modern interpretation of a traditional form of a mabkhar. To create the form, slabs of clay are rolled and hand-cut into the shapes to create the walls and assembled by hand.  The piece is fired at a low temperature to harden the clay, then a matte black liquefied clay known as a slip is splattered across. A final firing is done for the clay and glaze to fuse together and reach their final temperature.

Includes 2 pints of black sand. 

Made to order: 4-6 weeks

10x5 inches

Due to the handmade nature of this piece, expect slight variations.

To guarantee the longevity of this piece, it is best to avoid placing it in the dishwasher or microwave.

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