Cinnabar is an ancient decorative method unique to China dating back thousands of years before Christ. The pigment is derived from the mineral cinnabar and incorporated in a lacquer which is applied over a thin wood base. Anywhere from 30 to 200 layers of lacquer are applied and then carved into intricate designs.
This lovely bowl measures 6" in diameter and 2.5" high. It features the classic cobalt blue interior and a brass rim.