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If you're looking for old antiques, Ba Shu Tang at the Bo Gu Yi Yuan antique market won't disappoint you. The owner of Ba Shu Tang has been collecting antiques for 30 years, with thousands of collectible items from all over China.
Most of his collections are porcelains and potteries. They come in various forms such as food containers, vases, basins, tea sets, brush vases, and ink stones. The columnar porcelains with beautiful traditional Chinese paintings attracted me so much. I thought they were containers. But the owner said they were used to hang hats in ancient China.
The various brush pots are also fascinating. Some look like teapots with several little holes. The holes were for placing brushes. Ink or water contained inside of the pots would keep brushes from becoming dry. They are all several hundred years old.
Ever wondered how people in ancient China ironed their clothes? I found an iron which looked like a ladle for scooping water. While the clothes are being ironed, charcoal burns inside to make the bottom hot enough. And one would put a wooden stick into the hole to protect the hand from the heat.
Price of antique varies a lot, from RMB 300 to RMB 10,000.
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