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Cryptex – Persian Signed Masterpiece
This mechanical device constructed from the famous Herend Porcelain Manufacture. It is inspired by the cryptex appeared in the story of “The Da Vinci Code”The cryptex is a cylindrical container with a combination lock to keep secret scrolls. In the Middle Ages, its function was to keep couriers from reading the messages – as only the sender and the addressee knew the passwords. Should the courier try to break the cryptex, vinegar from an ampoule inside the container flowed all over the scroll, erasing the message altogether. At least, according to the legend known from Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, where the invention is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. This mysterious device seems to continue to fascinate people in the 21st century. It is perhaps because now, in the age of mass production and copying, anything that represents spiritual value because of its uniqueness is appreciated even more. And this is what the secret and its keeper have in common – it is their spirit that they share.The Manufactory’s enthralling new products of 2012, the cryptexes ornamented with Herend porcelain are made in a desk-size version. Rather than containers for carrying messages, their function is now more to keep the secrets and treasures of families or businesses. Company leaders can use them to keep copies of their firm’s deeds of foundation, documents recording the company’s mission and values. Keeping them in a cryptex expresses the document’s value and the owner’s esteem. At the same time, family trees can also be kept in a cryptex, to be passed on to their eldest child, the future head of the family, to record new births and marriages in the family. This is how over the centuries a cryptex becomes the foundation stone of a dynasty, a family with a great past – this container preserves the family tree drawn and written by each generation, and also keeps messages and memoirs. It takes three months and the expertise of craftsmen of 14 different trades to make a cryptex. As these objects have to preserve their shine and precision for centuries, they are made from non-corroding durable materials, such as brass, chromium and magnesium alloys, as well as stainless steel and gold. The cylinder consists of seven parts. The outermost part is the combination lock, with six rings bearing the letters of the alphabet. The container inside is accessible only with a password. The metallic character is softened and made more noble by the hand-painted porcelain. Only cryptexes made in cooperation with the Herend Porcelain Manufactory feature these fine ornaments. They are available with several patterns, in various colours, and also with individual painting, such as portraits, family coats of arms, names or quotes