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A Box of Liantou Incense

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Period: late Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Dimensions: box diameter: 21.5 cm, height: 12.5 cm

Burning incense to perfume a room was a popular trend in the Qing dynasty imperial palace. There was a variety of incenses, such as eaglewood (chen xiang, latin name "Aquilaria agallocha), rosewood (jiang xiang, latin name "Lignum Dalbergia Odorifera") and white rosewood (bai tanxiang). The incense was either extracted from aromatic plant materials or derived from animals. Plant-derived aromatic biotic material, Liantou (literally, "lotus head") incense was a first-class natural incense in the Qing dynasty.

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