What is the difference between a curio and a piece of art?
This could be discussed at great length. However, one the main differences can be said to be that curios are not original – many carvings of the same theme are repeated again and again. Furthermore, curios are often made from poorer quality stone, such as soapstone, as it is easier to work, but which damages easily and degenerates quickly, due to its soft, porous nature.
Do fakes and copies exist?
Unfortunately they do. It often takes an expert to tell the difference which is why it is better to buy from a reputable gallery like Stone Dynamics, where you will be guaranteed the genuine article, sourced direct from the artist.