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Originating in 6th century China, the incense clock took advantage of both the slow-burning nature of incense and the pleasant aromas it produced. First, they would select a stick of incense based upon the length of time that needed measuring. Short sticks were used for short periods and long, spiraled sticks were used for days. Strings could be tied to the stick so the string would burn through and release a gong when the desired time arrived. The most unique feature of the incense clock was its use of smell. The sticks could be layered with different fragrances so that each hour brought a new scent with it.

This being ancient China, only the rich could afford such a clock. They were luxury goods, and decorated to match. They were often displayed in decorative, handcrafted trays. The functional aspect was almost an afterthought.

Originating in 6th century China, the incense clock took advantage of both the slow-burning nature of incense and the pleasant aromas it produced. First, they would select a stick of incense based upon the length of time that needed measuring. Short sticks were used for short periods and long, spiraled sticks were used for days. Strings could be tied to the stick so the string would burn through and release a gong when the desired time arrived. The most unique feature of the incense clock was its use of smell. The sticks could be layered with different fragrances so that each hour brought a new scent with it.

This being ancient China, only the rich could afford such a clock. They were luxury goods, and decorated to match. They were often displayed in decorative, handcrafted trays. The functional aspect was almost an afterthought.

(Source: listverse.com)

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