Snakes, especially the cobra, are often shown as guardians or protectors of sacred sanctuary’s, places of worship and other similar locations.
This connection probably originates from the observation that if threatened some snakes, particularly the cobra, often holds and defends their ground by using a threatening display and then attacking if necessary, only retreating if considerable outmatched.
Many cultures throughout history have held the cobra in high esteem and it is often found in many stories and legends sometimes appearing as a god or deity or as a symbol of one. Almost always as a protector or a guardian figure; for example, in Sikhism it was a cobra that protected a young guru Nanak Dev from the midday sun while he was in a deep meditative state.
Ancient Egypt probably has one of the most widely known connections to the cobra. They were used as symbols for many things such as the sun and Lower Egypt often depicted with a vulture, the symbol of Upper Egypt, around the eye of Horus, together they make a powerful symbol of unification and togetherness of the two lands.
The cobra is also a symbol of the goddess Wadjet who was the guardian protector of royal tombs. It was said that anybody who wanted to rob or vandalise a tomb would face the goddess who would spit venom at them.
In more modern cultures, because of their ability to shed their skin, they have become a strong symbol for rebirth, transformation, immortality and healing.
Contemporary beliefs also suggest that when a snake comes into your life you should expect sudden and swift changes throughout your life passing out of the old and into the new finding previously unknown powers of creativity and wisdom.
This resin incense burner is a unique design to DMRLS.
The incense burner takes incense cones which, when burnt, will first slowly creep out of the hood in an atmospheric way, sometimes shrouding the cobra in a supernatural type mist or curling delicately away in beautiful spirals, the smoke never leaves the same way twice.
But that is not the end; the incense will build up in the head to allow it to also curl out of the mouth piece, this can be occasional or at the same time as the hood. Due to its unique diffusion the Cobra Incense Burner has the same hypnotic beauty as flickering flames in a fire.
The air pressure and temperature will always effect the way the incense is diffused from the Cobra making it different every time you light it. Very special indeed.
The Cobra was designed by Jane Day and made in China where is was hand painted, with the finishing touches done by Jane herself in the UK.
The base is lined with a fireproof material which stops any heat transference from the cone downwards on to the furniture. We have also added a locking safety feature so that the cobra can be twisted onto the base and lock, making the snake safe and easy to use.
Approx. size 27 cm high with a 16 cm diameter at the base.