Dish: Dragon In Clouds


Dish: Dragon in Clouds, 18th century, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period

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Dimensions: 1 3/8 × 6 1/2 in. (3.5 × 16.5 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Thelma C. Foy, 2005.113

Rice grain porcelain is made from a technique where small openings or holes are carved through unfired porcelain then filled with a translucent glaze. These openings form designs, ranging from organic and geometric patterns to text, figures, and animals. Held to the light, this translucent pattern gives a lacy effect. It is called rice grain because the perforations are of a similar size and shape as a grain of rice.

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