• Porcelain, Ceramics & Blanc-de-chine
  • A “Laowai” from ancient times: A closer look at a Han dynasty bearded foreign groom

    Han dynasty tomb figurine

    Laowai (老外) is a common Chinese word often heard by any foreigner in China. Literally translated as “old foreigner” we often hear it all to many times. Yet, it seems foreign devils in China are not recent occurrences, judging by this foreign gentleman, who is a bearded Xianbei – Xiongnu guardian (or more likely a groom) based on […]

  • Laws and regulations
  • Guide to relic inspection certificates, customs documents and export requirements for antiques

    “If I purchase a genuine antique while in China, will I be able to export it back to my home country?”   The short answer is only if it is A) made after 1911 and more importantly B) not classified as Cultural property. According to the official Chinese law on the Protection of Cultural Relics, […]