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Fengxiang Woodprint New Year Stamps from China

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The China Post has issued a series of stamps illustrating the Chinese Fengxiang New Year Woodprints.

The Chinese Fengxiang New Year Woodprint is a type of popular folk woodblock picture produced in Fengxiang County, Shaanxi Province. Fengxiang New Year woodprints were originally created in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). At the beginning of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), some workshops engraved, printed, and sold New Year's pictures.

The New Year paintings, made in the traditional way, have a primitive simplicity. Usually ancient models are used, such as "Happiness Best owed from Heaven," "Auspiciousness," and "Wealth and Prosperity." The paintings are all handmade, colored in orange, green, and red.

The stamps feature the pictures entitled General Yuchi Jingde, Fortune Boy, Beauties and Fortune Flower Vase.

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