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Dear Chatelaine's Antiques,
I recently bought this Chinese dragon for $15.00 from a gentleman at an auction. Can you tell me about it?

Dear S.E.,
If you were looking for a Chinese sculpture, you didn't find it. Unfortunately, it's not Chinese at all!

The dragon may be a 20th-century souvenir made in a pre-Columbian style, which looks vaguely Chinese because of the use of dragons and other Asian motifs.

There are several clues that could have tipped you off. First, the swirling impressed motifs are distinctly non-Asian. Also, if this had been a piece of authentic Chinese pottery, it would've been used in a tomb around 1,200 years ago. Your sculpture shows no wear from burial or age.

Another good clue: the signature or mark isn't in Chinese.

The good news is, you paid about the right amount. This type of sculpture is most likely readily available for $10.00 to $20.00.



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