FDC Name:Murals of Qiuci (Kucha) Grottoes.
Issue date:6th JULY 2008.
Details:Total 4 nos stamps was issued which was used in two different FDC.The details of stamps are as follows.
- 1.20 Yuan: Bodhisattva
- 1.20 Yuan : Heavenly King
- 1.20 Yuan : Flying Apsaras
- 1.20 Yuan : Maitreya in Preaching
The Qiuci grottoes are scattered on more than 20 sites in the area of ancient Qiuci Kingdom (today's Kuche County and some of its neighboring counties in Aksu Prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region).Founded in the 3rd century and ended in the 12th century, Qiuci Kingdom was one of the cradles of the Buddhist culture in China. Its grotto murals were mainly devoted to religious subjects and also included such contents as farming, hunting, dancing, and folk customs. On the basis of integrating the Oriental and Western cultures, the murals gradually formed their own artistic style. At present, there are more than 600 Qiuci grotto remains, housing nearly 10,000 square meters of murals. Kzir Grotto, a typical representative of the Qiuci grottoes, is the first Buddhist grotto in Chinese history.
Remark: 2 FDC with complete set was posted by my friend from China and reach today.The design of the stamps are traditional Chinese paintings.Both the cancellation on the 2 FDC are same.