Chinese officials consider legal action over German terracotta army fakes


XI’AN, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) — Chinese cultural officials on Thursday said they are considering legal action against the German exhibitors of fake Chinese terracotta army statues, which they describe as a “fraud”.

“It is a serious act of fraud and has implications for intellectual property rights,” said Chen Xianqi, a spokesman for the Shaanxi Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage, in Xi’an, home of the 2,200-year-old terracotta army.

An exhibition of the Chinese terracotta army, titled “Power in Death”, has been held in the city of Hamburg since Nov. 25. The exhibitors have claimed that the Shaanxi bureau was one of the organizers, and the eight clay warrior figures and two horses on display had been transported from China and were “authentic”.


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