Qi | 契
The Chinese name for this incense burner or incense holder is 契 (qi, pronounced chee), which has a dual meaning. It means to complement and bond, reflecting the relationship of harmony between the solid bronze base and concrete upper. It also refers to a turning point, like the way the bronze ball can be encased between the two parts when not in use, and then turned to face the top when in use. Ashes from the lit incense will drop through the slit of the concrete for easy collection in the base. A small, subtle design with a substantial presence.
* Note the length of the incense in the photos is approximately 10cm or 4 inches.