Chinese Red cinnabar lacquer snuff bottle. The snuff bottle has a red glass stopper with spoon. Both sides are carved with flowers, leafage and rock work. The snuff bottle is in total 6.99 cm high and weighs 31 grams. Dated 20th century.
What is cinnabar
Cinnabar is a form of mercury sulfide which you can find in the ground. It is the only important ore of mercury. In addition it has a bright red color and therefor it usage was as a pigment for jewelry and ornaments.