The interor delicately moulded with two confronting lotus flowers among a leafy meander, the straight sides of the exterior plain and leading up from the small, unglazed, foot ring.
Xing ware was produced in the Xing kilns in the northern province of Hebei. It can be regarded as a predecessor of Ding ware. Rose Kerr discusses Xing ware in her book ‘Song Dynasty Ceramics’: ‘The great fame of Xing ware rests in its designation as the earliest true porcelain made in China, and hence in the world. […] Xing wares are the whitest of early northern porcelains, both as regards body and glaze.’ (Kerr, R. Song Dynasty Ceramics, Victoria and Albert Museum Far Eastern Series, London 2004, p40)
For a larger example of a single bowl, see ‘Song Ceramics from the Kwan Collection’, catalogue from the Hong Kong Museum of Art exhibition, 22 July to 11 September 1994, pl. 129, p. 294.