WARNING! CONTAINS MERCURIC SULFIDE. Read the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for precuations on handling this pigment.
Cinnabar, a dense red mineral, is the principal ore of the metal mercury, usually described as an intense reddish orange or sometimes as a dark reddish purple (See Cold Cinnabar). Cinnabar varies in masstone color from strong red to vivid reddish orange in Munsell range from 5R to 7.5R.The pigment vermilion, a bright red, is ground cinnabar,and in China,only the emperor was allowed to use this for writing.
Toxicity: Some authorities consider natural cinnabar to be non-toxic. Anita Albus writes that the deadly poison of mercury becomes harmless when it is stably bound with sulfur. However, we consider cinnabar to be toxic and urge caution in handling the dry powder pigment, as well as the pigment dispersed in medium.
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