"Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th to 19th Century" features 45 magnificent examples of Chinese carved lacquer drawn entirely from The Met collection.
Dragon's blood is a bright red resin that is obtained from different species of a number of distinct plant genera: Croton, Dracaena, Daemonorops, Calamus rotang and Pterocarpus. The red resin has been in continuous use since ancient times as varnish, medicine, incense, and dye.
血竭為棕櫚科植物麒麟竭（Daemonorops draco Bl.）果實中所滲出之紅色樹脂製作而成的加工品，又稱龍血竭。血竭是中醫學中所用的其中一種中藥。血竭多以粉末狀食用或塗抹在傷口上，有止血的功效。用藥期間最好不要與酸性或鹼性的食物混用，否則會影響藥效。此外，血竭具有活血散瘀，定痛，止血生肌的功效。
Cinnabar (//) and cinnabarite (//), likely deriving from the Ancient Greek: κιννάβαρι (kinnabari), refer to the common bright scarlet to brick-red form of mercury(II) sulfide, formula HgS, that is the most common source ore for refining elemental mercury, and is the historic source for the brilliant red or scarlet pigment termed vermilion and associated red mercury pigments.