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Museum in China found to be full of fakes

Posted on Thursday, 18 July, 2013 | Comment icon 16 comments

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A prominent museum in Jizhou has been forced to close after most of its relics turned out to be fake.

Featuring an allegedly unique collection of 40,000 ancient relics the museum came under fire when it was discovered that the cultural gems lining its exhibits were comprised almost entirely of fakes. All 12 exhibition halls were found to be filled with cheap knock-offs that can be bought for as little as 100 yuan ( $17.50 ).

The museum had long been a subject of concern due to the dubious nature of the items it was displaying. Eagle-eyed visitors noted that some of the artifacts said to date back more than 4,000 years were engraved with Chinese characters that only came in to widespread use in the 20th century.

"A Chinese museum has been forced to close after claims its 40,000-strong collection of supposedly ancient relics is almost entirely composed of fakes."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by Junior Chubb on 18 July, 2013, 13:11
. oh, i dunno Chubb, something tells me the chinese could make it up quite easily. in large quantities. very cheaply. :-) But it would only fall apart after a week... Funnily enough I have just bought a Game of Thrones DVD on Ebay only to discover its fake. Waiting for the seller to respond, might take a while... I might just take the hit and forward it on to the museum.
Comment icon #8 Posted by ancient astronaut on 18 July, 2013, 16:58
Karma in action.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sundew on 18 July, 2013, 17:25
So basically what we have here are some cheap Chinese knock-offs? I'm shocked! Shocked I tell you!
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer on 18 July, 2013, 17:57
"Residents in the nearby village of Erpu had long argued the party boss who oversaw the collection bought fake items with money raised for the museum, the Global Times said on Tuesday." How do they know he bought fakes. Maybe he bought the real items and had "amazing reproductions" made over time and sold the originals on the black market.
Comment icon #11 Posted by paperdyer on 18 July, 2013, 18:03
Authenticity. Now there is a top for philosophers. They argue over beauty and balance and design and taste and style and rarity and of course, that tremendously important concept, provenance. Discover overnight that an object that was the draw of the museum is not genuine and down to the basement it goes, with zeros lopped off its value, even if it once stood on the bedstead of one of the Louis. There is something very rotten in the state of Denmark. The museum should have asked for a certificate of authenticity from the seller.
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin on 18 July, 2013, 19:24
Fakes? Sure, but they're still "Made in China", right? :passifier:
Comment icon #13 Posted by d e v i c e on 18 July, 2013, 22:48
One of the exhibits has a little smiley face character on it!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Odds on 19 July, 2013, 22:04
Everyone has made the same joke, but i litereally laughed when i read the titile and though 'counterfeits from China... couldn't be!' Lol.
Comment icon #15 Posted by atomk12 on 20 July, 2013, 18:22
"Made in China" I am not surprised that this museum is full of fakes. China is a crap country.
Comment icon #16 Posted by -M7 on 2 September, 2013, 0:11
Are they sure it was museum they were in and not a Walmart? ZING! Oh! Whats the difference between this museum and Walmart? NOTHING! LOL

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