Container for Incense Tools, 19th century

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This rectangular ivory tube with foo dog finial cover contains a traveling set of tools for cleaning a joss stick holder and placing joss sticks in a censer. The tools include a plain ivory cleaning stick and a pair of silver placement rods, which are used like chopsticks to place joss sticks in the sand bed of a censer. The connoisseurship of rare incense was a common literati pastime and the special tools associated with it were often collector's items.

Container for Incense Tools
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