This is a high quality natural cinnabar ink stick. It is used as a traditional Chinese calligraphy supply for reddish (with some orange) ink. It can be stored and used forever. It will never rot or spoil.
In China red is considered to be a lucky and auspicious color so many calligraphers like to use red ink.
Intricate natural Chinese scenery of a phoenix in the clouds hovering over a hillside pagoda is beautifully etched into the ink stick, making it a lovely decoration as well as functional for making ink..
Size: Length 8 CM (3.14 In): Width 2.8 CM (1.11 In)
Weight: 45 grams (1.6 ounces)
Ink sticks are one of the four treasures of study in China, along with paper, calligraphy brushes, and ink stones.
Some people ask if cinnabar is poison. If it is highly concentrated and ingested it can be poisonous. However, using it for art or handing it is safe, but keep out of reach of babies and toddlers.
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