This is a very pretty accent piece. To be honest, I don't burn incense, but when i saw this, I knew I had to have it. I love the colors and it looks like something you would find in a gift shop/home store. Also, to me, it does not look like an incense burner at first glance, so it can be displayed on a table, etc without the incense in it at all. Because there's painted decorative dots on the flower, the hole for the incense blends in with them. It is perfect to hold small items such as earrings or paper clips, or even candy. Glad I purchased this.