A Preliminary Discussion on Bogu Pattern of Porcelain


Published: 2023-05-29

Page: 92-97

Meng Hao

Graduate School, Jingdezhen Ceramic University, P. R. China.

Ying Chang

Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, P. R. China.

Jianbao Wang

Ancient Ceramics Academic Research Committee of Chinese Association of Collectors, P. R. China.

Maolin Zhang *

Graduate School, Jingdezhen Ceramic University, P. R. China.

Changsui Wang

Department of Science and Technology History and Science and Technology Archaeology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. R. China.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Among all porcelain patterns, the bogu pattern has been used since its emergence in the late Ming Dynasty and widely favored to this day. This paper provides a detailed analysis of the definition, origin, developments, and early content and forms of bogu pattern. Additionally, the article refutes the viewpoint that bogu pattern of porcelain was derived from the Xuanhe Catalogue of Antiquities of the Northern Song Dynasty; instead, it attributes its origin to the paintings of antiquities appreciation prevalent in the mid and late Ming Dynasty, as well as the letter sheets and prints issued in large quantities in the late Ming Dynasty. Based on findings from archaeological discoveries, the paper suggests that the so-called bogu pattern of porcelain prior to the late Ming Dynasty is consistent with Qing Gong paintings of the Song Dynasty in both content and form. By shedding light on the true background and origin of bogu pattern of porcelain, this paper aims to provide a reference for the research and development of porcelain patterns in the modern times.

Keywords: The late Ming Dynasty, the Xuanhe catalogue of antiquities; porcelain, bogu pattern, Qing Gong paintings

How to Cite

Hao , M., Chang , Y., Wang , J., Zhang , M., & Wang , C. (2023). A Preliminary Discussion on Bogu Pattern of Porcelain. Asian Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Studies, 6(2), 92–97. Retrieved from https://ikprress.org/index.php/AJAHSS/article/view/8249


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