Monday 19 February 2024

Xi'an airport: Seizure of nearly 500 Smuggled Artefacts

The Xi'an airport customs in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province have recently seized a total of 494 prohibited Chinese cultural relics dating from the Han (206 BC-AD 220) to Qing (1644-1911) dynasties during outbound inspections (Lou Kang, 'Xi'an airport customs seizes 494 illegally exported cultural relics' globaltimes Feb 18, 2024).

According to China Youth Daily on Friday, customs officers at the outbound inspection site noticed an unreported checked baggage while supervising outbound flights. Upon inspection, it was found that the checked baggage contained a total of 672 cultural relics, including glazed bowls, bronze mirrors, and ancient coins, which were not declared to the customs.

After the report by the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Appraisal Center, it was determined that 494 items were general cultural relics on China's list of items prohibited from being exhibited abroad. These included glazed bowls, bronze mirrors, bronze smoking pots, ancient coins, and blue and white porcelains from various dynasties such as Han, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing, spanning a wide range of time and categories.
Probably the remaining 178 objects were modern fakes.


De. William Shephard said...

Jesus, how does a so-called archaeologist find the time to publish such shit??? I worked all of my life in the sciences, laboured using methodological naturalism [as opposed to Pau's appeal to the supernatura,]
long hours solving problems, and came home exhausted and ready for bed, but this prick seems to have all the time in the world to post a load of bullshit posing as fact, on a much-derided channel and seems to think we should take note of it!!! Paul, my dear chap, there is, about waist-height, a piece of fresh mistletoe hanging from the back of my jacket...

Paul Barford said...

What is your problem with this? Why "so-called"? What has "methodological naturalism" got to do with any of this? Please explain what you mean. Where is there here any "appeal to the supernatural"? Your comment is difficult to reconcile with the text it purports to be engaging with. Are you commenting, or just trolling?

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