Vintage Chinese Red Cinnabar Box with Perched Bird and Lotuses
This lovely vintage Chinese red cinnabar pasted round carved box is delicately and exquisitely carved all around the edges, and on top, where a bird is perched surrounded by lotus flowers. The box is a deep red color giving the piece a romantic look; the flowers around the edges seem to burst open, among an intricate patterning. The box lip is gold, which is a nice touch to complement the red tones created by the cinnabar. 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.The box has been lacquered and has a nice finish; it is in great condition with minor cracks that with so much ornamental details are barely noticeable. If you do look closely, you can see the piece is made of genuine carved lacquer, showing the multiple layers from which it was created. The box measures 5 1/4 in diameter by 3 1/2 inches tall.
DIAMETER: 5¼ in | HEIGHT: 3½ in
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