• Cool Finds/Rare Items
  • Beautiful colors still remain on this brightly painted fo kan family shrine from Gansu used for ancestor worship

    Antique Chinese fo kan family shrine from Gansu

    Known as “fó kān” (佛龛) in Chinese these are shrines of worship – essentially a family temple. In ancient times, Fo Kan were dug from rock much like niches or grottos. Later stone, wood and other materials were used. Eventually Fo Kan began taking on architectural characteristics, modeling houses, official buildings and even palaces. This particular one is quite impressive and its owner would likely have had some level of material wealth.

  • Fakes and Copies
  • Weekend shopping at the PanJiaYuan antique market in Beijing

    If you have never been to the Panjiayuan weekend market, you are really missing out. Genuine antiques? Not really (Well maybe one or two) But cool stuff? Definately! It you are a wholesaler or professional in the industry, you know this is a horrible place to do business. On the spot cash payments and consolidation/transport […]