Would you say this vase is about 400 years old?
Would you be a bit amused to see it in a museum, labeled as such?
Quite a few people were, not least of which was author MA Boyong, who blogged about it, and other odd exhibits on show in a carefully unnamed Museum.
Now across quite a bit of the news is the fun story that after this blog, and other social media reports, the Ji Bao Zhai Musuem denied any accusations of fake exhibits. The museum curator Wang Zongquan is a local village head, and his response was "Everything’s fake if experts have not seen it before?”
Apparently, yes. Well, it's a bit soon to say for sure, but as the locals have been angry over the museum since it was conceived, he's being accused of using the Museum for money laundering, and the curator of the Guanfu Museum says that similar fake museums are found all over China for momentary gain... The chips are somewhat stocked against an honest mistake.
They are now closed with "its license revoked by Jizhou civil affairs bureau, and its mangers are under investigation" because according to an official from Hebei Provincial Cultural Heritage Bureau, surnamed Li; the museum "has no qualification to be a museum as its collections are fake and it hasn't reported to my department for approval."
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