Here is a carved soapstone incense burner or censer from China, made in the 1800s. The hollowed out man sets on its own base and there are three circular holes drilled to allow smoke to escape; one in each ear and one in the middle of the back. In addition, the figure is carved with an open mouth, allowing the smoke to curl out. What the photographs do not show very well is the extreme discoloration on the statue's "teeth" (or, more precisely, his gums,) from years of smoking. The statue is 6 1/8" tall and 3 1/4" wide. The statue is a figure of Shao Xing Lao, God of Longevity, holding the Peach of Immortality. It is an old man, bald, holding a staff with a jagged top. Other than the smoke discoloration, it is in excellent condition.
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