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Prehistoric artifacts depicted on a new stamp issue by Chunghwa Post

Prehistoric artifacts depicted on a new stamp issue by Chunghwa Post
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StampNews.com got to know that Chunghwa Post has unveiled and is ready to put into circulation the stamp set that depict important prehistoric artifacts that are hold in Taiwan historical Museum. The national treasures from the museum's collection dating from between 2300 and 4000 years ago, unearthed at Taitung County's Peinan Archaeological Site and Hualien County's Yanliao Archaeological Site.

The issue consisting of four items and one souvenir sheet is scheduled to be put into circulation on the 21st of August.

The designs follow:

(1) Frog-shaped jade ornament (NT$5): This is an ornament to wear as a pendant of necklace. Resembling a frog-like animal, the ornament features a pair of large eyes and two limbs carved on its back. There is a mouth-like indentation on the front part of its head. The jade is of good quality. The large eyes and mouth-like indentation could afford to thread a cord to wear.

(2) Jade tubes (NT$7): These are ornaments for wearing over the chest. There are five in a set. Each tube in the set is the same size. At 29 centimeters in length, they are the longest among similar extant jade objects. The tube which was made of Taiwan jade was carved into a cylindrical shape and polished. Holes were then drilled from both ends to meet in the middle, and each tube was threaded together with others.

(3) Trumpet-shaped jade bangle (NT$9): An ornament worn on the arm, its cross section is slightly L-shaped. One side of the bangle flares out like the mouth of a trumpet. The arc of the flare is very smooth and round, and the jade is green and translucent. It is a rare three-dimensional jade object.

(4) Bell-shaped jade beads (NT$12): Strung with 152 small bell-shaped jade beads, this piece was possibly used as a headdress. The top of each bead is small and flat and has a small hole. The jade is translucent in color.

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