Han Dancing Lady made of unrelated ancient clay

This x-ray shows a Han dancing lady created using fragments of clay from different pieces.  This forgery was initially detected from the TL.  Different glow-curve shapes obtained from the head and body.  Glow-curves from the face and back of the head were different.   X-rays confirmed that the face was cut from another piece and attached to the head.  X-rays also revealed joins at the waist, buttock and lower part of the skirt.

In a similar way we discovered that a number of green-glazed pottery owls, supposedly from the Han dynasty, which were made from fragments of ancient pottery covered in coloured acrylic glue. Acrylic glue sets deceptively hard, in the manner of a true glaze. The only part free from “glaze” was an insert of an age appropriate fragment in the base of the owl.  The glue dissolved in acetone.

Han dancing lady forgery - X-ray photo

X-ray of Han dancing lady forgery


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