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Yue Kiln Sites at Shanglin Lake

上林湖越窑遗址位于浙江省慈溪市中南部翠屏山丘陵地带,分为上林湖、古银锭湖、白洋湖、里杜湖 4 大片区。现已发现瓷窑遗址近 200 处,已编号窑址179 处,仅在上林湖周边就密集分布有115处窑址。


The Yue Kiln Sites at Shanglin Lake are located in the hilly regions of the Cuiping Mountain in the central-southern part of Cixi City, in Zhejiang Province.They are divided into 4 areas – the Shanglin Lake, the Ancient Yinding Lake, the Baiyang Lake and the Liduhu Lake. Nearly 200 kiln sites have been found here so far, and 179 of those have been numbered. There is a dense distribution of 115 kiln sites, just within the area surrounding the Shanglin Lake.

The Yue Kiln Sites at Shanglin Lake are large group of ancient large-scale kiln sites developed during the 2nd to 12thCentury CE. They are well-preserved kiln sites with densely distributed relics, showing the entire history of the Yue Kilns from their initial start-up, growth, prosperity, and their decline. This area is known as the "Open-air Celadon Museum". The Shanglin Lake area was the center of Yue Kiln celadon during the Tang and Song Dynasties. The secret colored porcelain produced here represented the highest skill and achievement of the Tang and Song Dynasty porcelain. The " Kiln for tributes " was established during the late Tang Dynasty, and the "Kiln Service " was established during the Five Dynasties, which specialized in   production of porcelain used in rituals. The exquisite Yue Kiln celadon produced along Shanglin Lake was not only used to cater to domestic demand, but also served as one of the earliest commodities to be exported overseas through the "Maritime Silk Road", promoting communication and amalgamation  between the Chinese and western culture.


Museum of Shanglinhu Yue Kiln


Museum of Shanglinhu Yue Kiln Relics is located at Maoyangping of Shanglinhu Village. The museum will exhibit the Yue Kilnceladon fabrication technology, the firing of secrete-color glaze porcelain, Shanglinhu Yue Kiln ruins and Maritime Silk Road. The course of thearcheological excavation as well as the firing characteristics and the unique features of the secrete-color glaze porcelain are the key points in theexhibition. According to the plan, the museum will cover a land area of 12, 000 square meters with an overall floorage of 4, 000 square metersThe museum will be a two-story building above the ground. The museum will consist of three functional areas, that is, exhibition area, researchcenter and administration office.  


Hehuaxin Kiln Site




The Hehuaxin Kiln Site is a representative Yue Kiln site of theTang and Song Dynasties in the Shanglin Lake area. The ceramic relics are distributed across an area of about 4,000 m2. Except for daily use utensils, the kiln also produced the secret colored porcelain that was meant for imperial tributes.

By the archaeological excavations in the past years, two Dragon Kilns and various workshop relics were unearthed at the Hehuaxin Kiln Site. The excavations also brought innumerable exquisite ceramic fragments out of ground.

The relic of the Dragon Kiln in Tang Dynasty is 41.8meters long and 2.8 meters wide at its widest point. The kiln bed has a 13° slope. The basic shape of the fire chamber, kiln bed and kiln door are clearly visible. Kiln artifacts and ceramic relics are piled up on the kiln bed. The original state of the kiln since it was abandoned has been retained. The reconstructed model of the dragon kiln is 48 meters long, nearly 3 meters wide at its widest point, and 1.5 meters tall. The kiln bed has a 12° slope. The reconstructed 1:1 model simulates a firing scene in ancient days.

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