Monday, October 28, 2013
Chinese Art Market Rife with Fakes
Chinese citizens are rightly proud of their ancient culture. And even my friends in the archaeological world will no doubt agree that collecting antiquities is better than smashing them, as was done during the dark days of Mao's Cultural Revolution. Yet, the rush of Chinese collectors has led to a host of problems, most notable the production of fakes. I hope Chinese authorities are able to sort this out in such a way that does not dampen the enthusiasm of Chinese citizens for their own history. Collecting and enjoying artifacts is far better than smashing them or warehousing them in my opinion.