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Workers at the Forbidden City Palace Museum in Beijing accidentally smashed a 1,000-year-old ceramic dish — and then tried to cover their tracks by gluing the pieces back together, according to The Daily Mail.The incident happened last month, when the jaws of a precision-testing machine squeezed the plate too tightly.
A blogger blew the workers’ cover when he revealed news of the incident online, and The China Daily then picked up the story, claiming that the museum had also tried to silence employees, The Daily Mail said.
The plate, one of just a handful of remaining pieces from the Ge kiln, dates from somewhere between 960 and 1279.
It’s not the first mishap to take place at the Forbidden City Palace Museum, China’s most prestigious, in recent memory.
Earlier this year, several rare trinkets were stolen from a display case.
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