The linglong-ci ("clever porcelain") of the rice-grain type is carved with many openwork rice-shaped openings on the biscuit, then covered with transparent glaze to form patterns that are visible through light. Originating in hongzhou kiln of Jiangxi during the Sui-Tang period, this type of decoration did not develop widely until the fifteenth century. In the Qing dynasty, both imperial and private shops produced dishes of this type. Two rice-grain dragons play with pearls on the sides of the plate, with wave patterns incised on the exterior. The mark, reading jingweitang-zhi ("produced by Jingwei Hall"), has been identified as that of a private studio of the Qianlong period (Geng 1993: 383).


  • Title: Dish
  • Location Created: China; Jiangxi province
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 1 3/8 in x Diam. 6 3/8 in, H. 3.5 cm x Diam. 16.2 cm
  • Rights: Public Domain
  • Medium: Glazed porcelain with openwork decoration
  • Credit Line: Asian Art Museum, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P177

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Flash this QR Code to get the app
Google apps