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First, a piece of news from Xinhua (or China Daily?):|
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/xin ... ontent_3360969.html
Researchers accidently damaged a rare thousand-year old porcelain in the Palace Museum in Beijing's Forbidden City, the museum said in a statement on Sunday, without revealing the extent of the damage.
The incident occurred on July 4 while researchers were conducting scientific testing and analysis to the antique, the statement said.
The state's top-level celadon-glazed dish, a masterpiece of the Ge kiln porcelain of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), was squeezed by a testing instrument due to an error in operation by the researchers, according to an investigation conducted by the museum after the accident.
Researchers immediately ceased the testing and reported what had happened to the chiefs of the department and the museum.
The investigative report, which includes the cause of the accident and proposals to improve work and prevent future accidents, will soon be submitted to the Ministry of Culture and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH). The punishment for those responsible is under discussion, the statement said.
Existing Ge kiln porcelains are mainly stored in the Palace Museums in Beijing and Taipei. It's believed there are no more than 300 Ge kiln porcelains in existence in the world.
Second, about how the news actually broke out:
As you can read from the above news piece, the so-called "accident" took place almost a month ago, and the public heard of it only when a Chinese netizen with the moniker "longcan" revealed it in his Weibo. Chinese netizens, judged by the news portals Sina.com, 163.com and Sohu.com, are outraged. They suspect there is another serious cover-up going on.
Indeed, when an accident like this took place, and when the accident was related to the general public in such a manner, frankly, I don't know if anyone would believe it isn't a cover-up.
Quite a few web users commented -- in news comments in a number of news portals or in their Weibo -- that this was perhaps staged: the broken one is actually a fake so that the new one could be sold, apparently in a conspiratorial tone.
Third, following is the picture showing how the dish or plate looks when it hasn't been "accidentally" broken.