Stunning Pair!!

Handmade Black Cinnabar Vases measure  9 ” in height.

The deep carving of the dragons, trellis work and foliage is wonderful.

The vase measures  14″ in diameter, than tappers down.

Top opening measures  2 1/2 ” diameter.

Fabulous condition.

Cinnabar (/ˈsɪnəbɑːr/) or cinnabarite (/sɪnəˈbɑːrt/), likely deriving from the Ancient Greek: κιννάβαρι[6] (kinnabari), is the bright scarlet to brick-red form of mercury(II) sulfide (HgS). It is the most common source ore for refining elemental mercury, and is the historic source for the brilliant red or scarlet pigment termed vermilion and associated red mercury pigments.

Cinnabar generally occurs as a vein-filling mineral associated with recent volcanic activity and alkaline hot springs. The mineral resembles quartz in symmetry and in its exhibiting birefringence. Cinnabar has a mean refractive index near 3.2, a hardness between 2.0 and 2.5, and a specific gravity of approximately 8.1. The color and properties derive from a structure that is a hexagonal crystalline lattice belonging to the trigonal crystal system, crystals that sometimes exhibit twinning.

Cinnabar has been used for its color since antiquity in the Near East, including as a rouge-type cosmetic, in the New World since the Olmec culture, and in China since as early as the Yangshao culture, where it was used in coloring stoneware.

Associated modern precautions for use and handling of cinnabar arise from the toxicity of the mercury component, which was recognized as early as ancient Rome.

Wear commensurate with age and use.

Circa: Early 20th Century