Cinnabar & Lacquer - an intense red-orange color

Cinnabar has been used for thousands of years as a coloring agent because of its intense red-orange color. It is obtained naturally by grinding ore into a fine powder then mixing the powder into dyes, paints and other finishes such as lacquer. Cinnabar is the color; lacquer is the material from which the objects are carved. Lacquer–plain or carved–comes in many colors other than cinnabar including black, green, purple and others. Cinnabar has been exported to the West for over three hundred years. Cinnabar continues to be made today in China, usually molded, not carved.
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