Preserving Zibo Cultural Heritage Exploring the Symbolism, Visual Identity, and Conservation Efforts of the Fish Motif Pattern Design




Zibo Fish Plate, Mother Motif Pattern, Heritage Conservation, Visual Identity, Symbolic Meaning


As the intangible cultural heritage of Shandong Province, Zibo fish plate is deeply rooted in the rich soil of Chinese traditional culture with rich folk culture connotation and symbolic significance. For thousands of years, the local folk culture and art condensed and expressed in the fish motif pattern decoration of Zibo fish plate, making Zibo fish plate unique in aesthetic performance of a mellow and rough charm. As an artistic work with national characteristics and the spirit of the times gradually formed in the evolution of society and history, this paper will start with the development process and characteristics of Zibo fish plate, in-depth analysis of the symbolic meaning and expression of Zibo fish motif pattern. In view of the current difficulties facing the inheritance of fish mother patterns in Zibo, the corresponding solutions are put forward. Relevant research has deeply revealed the relationship between the Zibo fish motif pattern and Chinese traditional culture and has solid theoretical and historical research value.


Download data is not yet available.


Cui, C. Y., Zhao, Y. B., & Wang, L. J. (2021). Protection and dissemination of Chinese intangible cultural heritage based on digital games. International Communication of Chinese Culture, 8(4), 483-491.

Cui, Z., & Chen, C. (2023). Art and history go hand in hand: The evolution of Chinese national vocal music from the Yan’an period to reform and opening up. Herança, 6(1), 39–50.

Dong, Y., & Wu, Z. Z. (2020). Fish for prosperity: Review and application of the design of fish plate in Zibo of Shandong province. Design Research, 10(1), 104-114.

Guo, Y. C. & Zhou, W. Q. (2021). Study on the semantic dimension of modern Zibo big fish plate decoration from the perspective of design semiotics. Journal of Ceramics, 42(3), 507-513.

Hou, G. L., Lai, Z. P., & Xiao, J. X. (2012). Reconstruction of cultivated land during mid-Holocene in the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River and human impact on vegetation. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 22(5), 933-945.

Hu, Z. Y. & Liu, L. F. (2017). The inspiration of folk art to modern art design. Agro Food Industry Hi-tech, 28(3), 1392-1394.

Hui, Y. (2017). Research on the excavation and inheritance of folk art in Shanxi. Agro Food Industry Hi-tech, 28(3), 372-375.

Li, N., Yang, S. W., & Hua, Y. M. (2023). Exploration of inheritance and innovation of material technology and material culture in folk arts. Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, 18(1), 2170360.

Li, Y., Wu, S., & Yang, J. (2021). Multi-analytical investigation of decorative coatings on Neolithic Yangshao pottery from Ningxia, China (4000-3000 BCE). Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 41(3), 6744-6755.

Liu, Y. (2022). Application of digital technology in intangible cultural heritage protection. Mobile information Systems, 2022, 7471121.

Liu, Y., Chen, M., & Tian, Y. G. (2023). Temporal and spatial patterns and influencing factors of intangible cultural heritage: Ancient Qin-Shu roads, Western China. Heritage Science, 10(1), 201.

Luo, Y. (2021). Safeguarding intangible heritage through edutainment in China's creative urban environments. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 27(2), 170-185.

Luo, X. C. (2017). Understanding contemporary Chinese folk art. Agro Food Industry Hi-tech, 28(1), 433-436.

Ma, Y. X. (2018). Zibo patterns of the fish dish innovation design. Design, 280(1), 62-63.

Miao, B., Liu, Y. C., & Gu, W. F. (2021). Maternal genetic structure of a neolithic population of the Yangshao culture. Journal of Genetics and Genomics, 48(8), 746-750.

Nie, X., Xie, Y., & Xie, X. X. (2022). The characteristics and influencing factors of the spatial distribution of intangible cultural heritage in the Yellow River Basin of China. Heritage Science, 10(1), 121.

Qin, J. P. & Zhen, H. X. (2022). Research on the protection and inheritance of intangible cultural heritage under the background of rural revitalization. Applied Mathematics and Nonlinear Sciences.

Ren, M. F. (2017). Protection and inheritance of intangible cultural heritage in Tangshan "Beautiful Country". Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech, 28(1), 376-380.

Shi, C. X. & Qian, Y. X. (2021). A Jungian analysis of the archetypal image of the fish from a Chinese cultural perspective. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 61(5), 766-785.

Su, J. J. (2021). A difficult integration of authenticity and intangible cultural heritage? The case of Yunnan, China. China Perspectives, 3, 29-39.

Tang, W. (2019). The folk aesthetic characteristics of painted plates with blue and white fish pattern in modern Zibo. Folklore Studies, 145(03), 115-117.

Wang, B. L. & Zhou, Y. H. (2008). The origin and development of Zibo fish plate. Guanzi Journal, 85(3), 120-121.

Wang, W. H. (2018). The folk pottery in Zibo, Shandong. Art Research, 604(4), 118-119.

Wu, J., Ma, H., & Wood, N. (2020). Early development of Jingdezhen ceramic glazes. Archaeometry, 62(3), 550-562.

Xie, J. (2022). Innovative design of artificial intelligence in intangible cultural heritage. Scientific Programming, 2022, 6913046.

Xu, Y. J. (2016). Fish plate. National Arts, 128(1), 38-170.

Yan, W. J. & Chiou, S. C. (2021). The Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage from the Perspective of Civic Participation: The Informal Education of Chinese Embroidery Handicrafts. Sustainability, 13(9), 4958.

Zhang, R. Q. & Gethin, P. (2021). The provenance of the cobalt pigment used for Jingdezhen minyan blue-and-white porcelain in the early Qing dynasty. Ceramics International, 47(18), 25763-25768.

Zhang, Y., Han, M.Q., & Chen, W. W. (2018). The strategy of digital scenic area planning from the perspective of intangible cultural heritage protection. Eurasip Journal on Image and Video Processing, 130.

Zhang, X. M., Xie, H. L., & Zhou, C. H. (2020). Jingdezhen: The millennium porcelain capital. Cities, 98, 102569.

Zhang, X. X. (2021). Research on the integrated development of intangible cultural heritage and industry in Huzhou. International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, 00207209211004197.

Zhou, K., Wang, K. N., & Lin, X. X. (2021). Research on the inheritance and protection of folk art and culture from the perspective of network cultural governance. Plos One, 16(2), e0246404.




How to Cite

Shao, N., Abdul Rahman, A. R. B., Hj Alli , H. B., & Raja Ahmad Effendi, R. A. A. B. (2023). Preserving Zibo Cultural Heritage Exploring the Symbolism, Visual Identity, and Conservation Efforts of the Fish Motif Pattern Design. Herança, 7(1), 67–78.



Articles (Regular Review EUR450)