Cinnabar Oil Paint

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Our cinnabar is prepared from mercury ore deposits from China. This is a limited edition batch of 43 units, individually signed by the paint makers and producers and sealed with a wax seal on the outer packaging sleeve.

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. Cinnabar varies in masstone color from strong red to vivid reddish-orange in Munsell range from 5R to 7.5R. Our cinnabar is prepared from the mineral in ore deposits found in China.

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Single Pigment:Natural Cinnabar
Binder:Linseed oil
Pigment Information
Pigment Classification:Natural Inorganic
Colour Index:Pigment Red 106 (77766)
Chemical Name:Mercuric Sulfide
Chemical Formula:HgS
Tinting Strength:High
Drying Rate:Slow
Lightfastness:Not Listed
Permanence:A - 3
Safety Information:

Warning! May cause an allergic skin reaction. Contact with acids liberates toxic gas. May cause sensitization by skin contact.

Safety Designation: Wear protective gloves / clothing / eye / face protection. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical attention.

For a detailed explanation of the terms in the table above, please visit Composition and Permanence.


Some separation of pigment and oil may occur in Rublev Colours Artist Oils and is a natural process when no wax or stabilizers are added to paint to prevent this from occurring.

All images of color swatches on this website are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We have taken every care to match the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, because of the wide variance in color monitors, the results you get may vary.

Color Swatch Note: The color swatch was created with a thick application (left side) of color and a tint (right side) made with equal parts of color and titanium white and applied on acrylic primed cotton canvas.

Drawdown Note: The image of the "drawdown" contains a pre-mixed paint film of 6 mils (0.006 inches) thickness applied to a standard test card for the purposes of examining color consistency, opacity, and other qualities. The drawdowns show the color full strength (mass tone), on the left, and mixed in a 1:2 ratio with titanium white on the right. The bottom area of the drawdowns is scraped to show undertones.

Pigment Names
Common Names:English: cinnabar
French: cinabre
German: Zinnober
Italian: cinabro
Spanish: cinabrio
Alternate Names:朱矽, 辰矽, Chinese red, Cinnabarite (of Dana), Llimpi Merkurblende, Minium (of Pliny and Vitruvius), Vermeil Zinnober
Vermilion is the standard name in English given to the red artists' pigment based on artificially made mercuric sulfide, while cinnabar is the name given to the natural mineral.
Common NamePrimary MineralSources


More Information
BrandRublev Colours
VendorNatural Pigments
Processing TimeUsually ships the next business day.
Size1 fl oz
Pigment TypeInorganic, Historical, Natural

California Proposition 65: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Cinnabar Oil Paint 1 fl oz (jar)
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