Xing Kiln

As one of the most famous kilns in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the Xing Kiln 邢窑 was best known for its production of white porcelain. It was recorded that the kiln's was located in Neiqiu of North China's Hebei Province, which belonged to the Xing Prefecture during the Tang Dynasty, hence its name. The products of the Xing Kiln were on the list of tributes to the Imperial Courts.

Contemporary written records of that time show that "white porcelain from Xing Kiln is as white as silver and snow." Xing porcelain was known for its delicate and pure texture as well as its extreme hardness. Even today, when the ware is struck, it gives out a metallic sound.

The Xing porcelains were first produced at the beginning of the Tang Dynasty, and flourished and gained tremendous fame across the world during the mid-Tang Dynasty. At the juncture of the Tang Dynasty and the Five Dynasties (907-960), the kiln gradually declined as Ding Kiln ware began to emerge.


White glazed leather bag-shaped pot produced in Xing Kiln

Tang Dynasty

Overall height: 12.5cm

Mouth diameter: 2.2cm

Bottom diameter: 12.5cm

White-glazed pot produced in Xing Kiln

Tang Dynasty

Height: 10.5cm

Mouth diameter: 2.5cm

Foot diameter: 5.3cm

White-glazed ewer produced in the Xing Kiln

Tang Dynasty

Height: 13cm

Mouth diameter: 7.4cm

Foot diameter: 6.1cm

White-glazed ewer produced in Xing Kiln

Tang Dynasty

Mouth diameter: 7.5cm

Foot diameter: 7cm

Height: 17.5cm

White-glazed bowl produced in the Xing Kiln

Tang Dynasty

Height: 7cm

Mouth diameter: 8.1cm

Foot diameter: 3.8cm