Sep 24, 2011

Ancient Chinese Painting “Nine Elders of Mt. Hsiang” FDC from TAIWAN

FDC Name:Ancient Chinese Painting “Nine Elders of Mt. Hsiang”
Issue Date:09-09-2011

To promote an appreciation for the beauty of ancient Chinese art, Chunghwa Post has released a souvenir sheet “Nine Elders of Mt. Hsiang” (Issue of 2011) on the painting Nine Elders, from the National Palace Museum collection, on September 9, 2011. In 2010 a souvenir sheet was released on a painting with similar motif, which was the first issue in the series.

Painted on a long scroll, Nine Elders depicts a scene from a party on Mt. Hsiang during Tang Emperor Wuzong’s reign in 845 A.D. The party’s host, Tang poet Bai Ju-yi, had retired to the mountain. He and his eight guests were all well over 70 years of age.

The se-tenant strip of three stamps features a garden. From left, the individual stamps respectively show guests who are absorbed in a game of chess (NT$5), conversing while strolling or dancing with flower in hair (NT$25), or reading (NT$25). The color palette of the painting is elegant; the lines of the trees, the boulders, and the figures’ clothes are flowing; and the expressions of the figures are vivid and natural. The painting’s Shangri-La-like setting is beautiful and secluded. Large pines sway and lush green bamboos stand tall. The painting is unsigned but thought to be painted by Liu Song-nian of the Song Dynasty.

The souvenir sheet is designed by Delta Design Corporation and printed by Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd. in color offset.(Source-Chunghwa Post)
Remark:Nice FDC sent by Shi-Ching Chen from Taiwan by registered post.The miniature sheet has been bar coded.

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