Relics from mise porcelain kiln are valuable archaeological discovery

Updated:2017-04-14 (chinadaily.com.cn)

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An aerial view of the Shanglin Lake mise porcelain kiln in Cixi city, Ningbo. [Photo/cnnb.com.cn]

The Shanglin Lake mise (secret color) porcelain kiln, a newly-found historic site in Cixi city, has been elected one of the Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of China in 2016, according to an announcement from the China Cultural Relics News and Archaeological Society of China.

The kiln, after more than one year's excavation, revealed the luxuriousness of the celadon products in the late Tang Dynasty (618-907), including mise porcelain, a mysterious-colored celadon which looks clear and shiny like jade.

The discovery of the kiln helps archaeologists gain a full understanding of the history of mise porcelain, as well as its manufacturing techniques which had been lost for hundreds of years.

As a wonderful showcase for Cixi's splendid celadon culture, the relic site will be further protected. The city is going to build a park based on it to give full play to its archaeological value. Meanwhile, the reconstruction work on the broken celadon pieces is still underway.


Excavation of the relic site of the mise porcelain kiln has produced old and valuable pieces. [Photo/cnnb.com.cn]