Incense and art return to the show

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 May, 2008, 12:00am

Ceramic incense burners and Buddhist art pieces will be showcased by Beijing Seeks Antique International Auctions, along with quality fragrant wood from the Song dynasty.

Aroma shops were popular with scholars, philosophers, artists, nobles and celebrities during the Song dynasty, and the use of scented wood was common. According to ancient chronicles, incense burners were used to show the status of the owners, and refresh the mind. The burners were also used during temple worship.

After the Song dynasty, owing to rapid development of ceramic craftsmanship, ceramic incense burners of the Song Jin periods grew in popularity. The craftsmen's ingenuity was demonstrated through the unique and elegant designs of ceramic incense burners. Beijing Seeks Antique International Auctions will also showcase a number of incense burners from the Song Jin periods.

Ming dynasty social culture was influenced by Buddhism with the imperial Buddha paintings considered a classic at last year's AIAA. Visitors will get the chance to see it again this year.