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This solar observation tool has been used in solstice ceremonies as a focal point of the sun's passage. Orienting the brass ring to align the lens with the sun, a match can be lit by the focused rays and used to light the incense in the bowl of water. This observation of the solar movement includes earth (the incense), air (the focused solar rays), fire (the subsequently lit match), and water (in which the incense is suspended). These four 'elements' have been observed in ceremonies since ancient times, linking our modern time to the past.


Internal electric lighting allows the year round night time enjoyment of this piece, which highlights the incised steel base and beveled glass pieces in the brass ring.







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