Circular Cinnabar Plate with a slightly flared lip and shallow draft. Cinnabar is made of mercuric sulfide which is a chief ingredient used in Taoist tinctures of Outer Alchemy. The masterful carving depicts an amalgamation of elaborate vines supporting magnificent peony blooms. The Peony is known as the queen of flowers as well as being considered a symbol of love, affection, riches, honor, and feminine beauty. The Cinnabar is smooth to the touch and is free of cracks or damage. Deep red color gives off a waxy sheen as the light dapples across its surface.
The underside carved with gilt fine script characters.
Mark on base, numerous incised seal script -ZhuanShu- characters.
In its original form, cinnabar is crystallized red mercuric sulphide (HgS), the main ore bearing mercury. 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. It can also be manufactured by treating a mixture of liquid mercury and sulfur with potassium hydroxide. Cinnabar is the primary pigment in colors commonly referred to as vermillion and Chinese red.
Cinnabar is the color; lacquer is the material from which the objects are carved.
Thin layers of lacquer are applied over the basic form. Each layer must harden before applying the next. Eventually the layers are thick enough to carve. Depth of carving averages about one-eighth to one-quarter of an inch.
Carved lacquer from classical periods in Japan and China, 500-1700 AD, can have as many as 200-300 separate layers. Workshop records from those early periods speak of large pieces that took years to prepare and up to several years to carve.
Reddish-orange carved lacquer, or cinnabar, has been widely exported to the West for over three hundred years.
Dimensions: 1-1/4" H x 13-3/4" Dia.
Over all in EXCELLENT condition, Some crackle, minor scratches and fading found on the ebony lacquered surface, network of fissures or cracks in a finish lacquer from climate changes.
With normal anomalies in nature, natural wood imperfection, sign of stressed surface, minor scratch & dent; Normal consider ages and wears.
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