A stamp pane that can be folded into the shape of a Chinese wedding sedan chair is a newest creative issue from the Kingdom of Tonga. The sedan chair was a special transportation vehicle in ancient China, used especially to bring the bride to the groom’s home on the wedding day.
StampNews.com is glad to introduce this original philatelic release and encourages our readers to add it to their collections.
This special pane of stamps is from Tonga, one of six islands located in the South Pacific that issued stamps Sept. 25 in a series celebrating the Year of the Monkey. The Kingdom of Tonga is known for its stamps of various shapes, the first of which were issued in 1963.
Earlier this year, on Jan. 5, Tonga issued a 3-D lantern-shaped pane. Both the lantern-shaped pane and the sedan chair-shaped pane are do-it-yourself projects, the first of its kind in the philatelic world.
Tonga's Year of the Monkey pane is shown nearby unfolded, both the front and back, and folded into the shape of a sedan chair.
The pane contains two $11.30 and $16.90 diamond-shaped stamps. The $11.30 stamp, designed by Sophia Zhang, shows a symbolic monkey in shades of green and decorated with a floral motif. The $16.90 stamp features a Chinese calligraphy painting by. Zeng Fan. Born in 1938, he paints in the traditional style, often using a monkey as his model.
Chinese calligraphy that translates to "Monkey's congratulations" are shown on the four corners of these two stamps.