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Cinnabar (alternate #2)

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A symbol used to designate cinnabar, a bright red mineral with a rather toxic physical nature, in the 18th century text of Diderot's Encyclopedia.

In the practice of alchemy, cinnabar is the raw material from which mercury can be derived. It has also been used in other capacities for centuries. The ancient Mayans, for example, spread cinnabar in and around tombs and on the bodies of the deceased to discourage robbers. A prime example of this practice was found in the tomb of King Pakal the Great of Palenque.


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Asymmetric, Closed shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has crossing lines.

Category: Alchemical Symbols.

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