Brass Moroccan Incense Burner - Vintage Steaming Mabkhara
Regular price $ 95.00
A Scented Ceremony Awaits
Imagine a relaxing luxuriously aromatic ritual that enhances your mood, is rumored to increase positive energy, and also provides a welcoming gesture for your treasured guests, all via this elegant vintage incense burner, or mabkhara, with its origins in medieval ceremonial traditions and social life.
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- Smell divinely, perhaps of Morocco's prized orange blossom scent, as your room fills with fragrance from a vessel inspired by the sacred incense burners of ancient civilizations...and totally filling your head with exotic ideas about how to carry out the next adventure
- Mabkhara are hand crafted by skilled metal workers and silversmiths in the famed industrial medinas of Fez and Marrakech
- Standing 11" tall with an attached 8.25" diameter tray, the incense globe is ornamented with rows of decorative perforations on both the top and bottom for fragrant scent to rise
- Hinged lid on the incense globe allows you to easily insert and remove your favorite bakhour, or scented wood chips
- Hand chiseled into the tray, which stands on three ornamental feet, are talismanic motifs intended to bestow baraka and protect against the evil eye
- Don't forget the myrrh. This bakhour is believed to possess baraka.
Passed around from guest to guest in a formal reception room, while lightly filling the air prior to the mint tea ceremony, incense burning is viewed as a sign of hospitality and baraka, blessings for good fortune and protection from the evil eye.
Discussed at length as part of a first century chapter found in a manual on elegant manners "of a man of polite education," perfuming your clothing and rooms (a process known formally as thurification), was a lavishly indulged ritual of aristocratic Ancient Near Eastern society.
While aloes and sandalwood have been coveted scents since the 10th century, today's Moroccan ceremonial aromas of choice include amber, musk, orange blossom and rose.