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Unusual Cinnabar Carved Phoenix & Flowers Fan Bead - Huge!

 
Unusual Cinnabar Carved Phoenix & Flowers Fan Bead - Huge!Quantity in Basket:none
Code: ga4145
Price:£2.99

Shipping Weight: 24.00 Grammes
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Price is per bead - measures a huge 59mm x 33mm x 7mm, drilled ready to thread. Quite deep carving is of a Chinese phoenix flying over flowers & a mountain. The phoenix is an immortal mythical bird that flies far ahead scanning the landscape. It represents our capacity for vision and the events unfolding within our environment. Ideal as a pendant or focal bead.

Technically, Cinnabar is mercury sulfide found near recent volcanic activity. Its name comes from Medieval Latin cinnabaris; Red lead. Because of its vivid red color, powdered cinnabar was used during ancient times for "war" and ceremonial face and body paint.

The toxicity of mercury and cinnabar was well known before 2000 B.C, when slaves and prisoners mining the ore died after three-years. However, the Chinese during the Song Dynasty, reduced the risk by using lacquer over the cinnabar carvings onto chests, candle sticks, snuff bottles and other ornaments.

Today, the toxic pigment is replaced by a resin-based polymer that looks the same as the pigmented lacquer. Most beads and jewelry sold as cinnabar now, consist of a carved wood base covered by layers of resin, and are totally harmless.

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