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all images have only limited usefulness.
for exemple, if the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, it does not mean all Christians make great pilau rice (with mustard, cumin etc.) but it means that it looks small but grows into something very big.
so with saint mary, she is the golden censor, the rod of aaron, the ark of the covenant and many other 'containers' since the Lord our God dwelt in her womb.
we don't say she is hot like the censor, stiff like the rod or wooden like the ark. these are aspects of these pictures that don't describe her.
if you study all the songs used at tasbeha (evening and night praises), you will understand a lot about saint mary.
in fact attending tasbeha is one of the best ways to learn more about out Lord God and about our orthodox Christian faith