Yes, You Can Identify Counterfeit Artifacts

Posted by Sadigh Gallery on 8/11/2014 to Sadigh Gallery News

There is no doubt that collecting artifacts is a hobby fraught with risks. There are two main sources of these risks: artifacts cost a pretty penny, and, sadly, the current market is flooded with fakes. However, with a bit of training and common sense you can indeed identify counterfeits so that you will be able to buy artifacts that are in reality exactly that.

Empower Your Mind
First off, you have got to realize that if you want to collect artifacts you have got to learn all you can about what you are looking to find and buy. The more you know about, say, how a genuine Bete Tribe mask is made, what it is made of, and what its characteristics ought to be, the better you will be at spotting fakes.


Train Your Eyes

A pair of well-trained eyes can go a long way towards telling which artifacts are real and which are fake. Look closely at the artifact’s surface, can you see the marks left behind by the creator’s tools? How about hints of the techniques used to make the item? Does the item possess the characteristics this type of piece is known for? Another key sign to look for is signs that the alleged artifact has had new work done to it. It is very common for counterfeit makers to turn a new piece into an “acient” item by artificially aging it.


Listen to It

One of my favorite evaluation techniques is to listen to the artifact. Drums, of course, should sound like drums; flutes like flutes, and so forth. Also, artifacts that ought to be solid, such as a carved piece of jade, will sound hollow when you tap them if they are hollow.


Control Your Pride

Finally, do not let your desire to own any particular piece make you buy something that you doubt. Also, do not let your reputation as a collector keep you from asking for an expert’s opinion when you need help. We all need assistance from time to time.