22. Camphor Censer

22. Camphor Censer
Width: 18 cm
Nineteenth-twentieth century
Catalogue number 22.
Accession number 88.300.

Camphor is usually burned everyday, as well as other rituals. The smoke and scent are considered to be purifying. The censer is prepared with layers of burning coals and with dried coconut bark which serve as fuel to ignite the camphor powder. A hand fan (no. 47) is then waved to cool the flames, so that the powder simmers over the smouldering coals for the entire length of the ritual.

This graceful weighted censer has six legs and a long chain to suspend it from the ceiling.

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