New stamps from Hong Kong dedicated to the Year of the Snake
A set of special stamps on the theme of "Year of the Snake" is issued by the Hongkong post.
The Year of the Snake issue is the second Lunar New Year special stamp issue in the fourth series released by Hongkong Post. The four stamps use different types of traditional Chinese arts and crafts to signify the theme of the Year of the Snake.
$1.40 stamp: Paper-cutting is a traditional Chinese art. During the Lunar New Year, families will decorate their homes by displaying a variety of red paper cutouts on windows and doors to welcome the propitious Spring Festival.
$2.40 stamp: Chinese painting is a unique form of art with a long history. Rendered in Chinese ink and wash painting, the slithering movement of a snake is vividly portrayed in the stamp, highlighting the style of the Lingnan School of Painting which attaches great importance to a lively and energetic interpretation of the subject.
$3 stamp: Seal carving, commonly known as Zhuanke, is a type of traditional art originated in China. The stamp depicts two seals - one carved with the bronze inscription of the word "snake" (left) and the other with a motif of a snake (right).
$5 stamp: Jade carving is one of the oldest carving arts in China. It has been used for centuries to create decorative accessories and art collectibles. A coiled snake shape jade pendant depicted in the stamp is carved according to the natural colour and shape of the jade.