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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Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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