Cinnabar, Quartz
Toenail, 3.0 x 2.7 x 2.0 cm
Tongren Mine, Wanshan District, Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China
A rare and aesthetic Chinese miniature of cinnabar included in a nearly transparent, glassy quartz crystal set in dolomite and quartz matrix from Tongren. The quartz crystal has a pleasing, very sharp termination that is very nearly pristine. Seldom do you see cinnabar included in quartz like this. Ex. J.R. Glover Collection and Richard Hauck Collections. Said to have come only from one pocket in the 1980s.