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I have a cinnabar box almost identical to this in my living room. I doubt it's that old, though. These are 13th to 16th century Chinese lacquer.

A Chinese Cinnabar Lacquer Cake Box

A Chinese Cinnabar Lacquer Cake Box | From a unique collection of antique and modern lacquer at http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/asian-art-furniture/lacquer/

A CINNABAR LACQUER SEAL PASTE BOX AND COVER<br>MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD | Lot | Sotheby's

Red Lacquer Perfume Box Carved with Day Lily Design Ming Dynasty Diameter: 6.5cm Height: 3.3cm By the depth of the incisions, this opulently carved lacquer box must have had thirty to forty coatings. The lid and the underside, sumptuously coated with red lacquer, are carved with a spray of day lily against a buff ground. The inside is lacquered in dark brown.