Canada issues Year of the Tiger stamps

The second issue in the new 12-year Lunar New Year series, these stamps are as bold and ferocious as their namesake animal.

The stamps were designed by Wilco Design in Toronto. "The Year of the Tiger issue is a cross-cultural celebration of the tiger figure in the Chinese tradition," says the firm's principal, Wilson Lam. "This project has been guided by a desire to tell the story of the tiger through traditional Chinese icons and imagery."

A Chinese seal, a stamp used as a form of signature, is featured on the international stamp, while its imprint, portraying the tiger in a traditionally stylized manner, appears on the domestic stamp.

The seal was designed by Lam and sculpted by Chinese-Canadian artist Bill Lau, using Sculpey polymer clay.

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