Ancient Artifacts Souvenir Sheets from Taiwan

Ancient Artifacts Souvenir Sheets from Taiwan

To spread understanding about the beauty of ancient Chinese artifacts, Chunghwa Post is issuing two souvenir sheets on five items from the National Palace Museum's exhibition – "The all Complete Qianlong: a Special Exhibition on the Aesthetic Tastes of the Qing Emperor Gaozong."

Souvenir Sheet A: includes one stamp
New Year's Chinese silk tapestry scroll with Emperor Gaozong's calligraphy, Qing dynasty (NT$25): Based on a new year's painting by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty, the sheet features a Chinese silk tapestry scroll. The tapestry depicts a pine branch, some camellia flowers and plum blossoms in a vase. In front of the vase are a persimmon, two lily bulbs, as well as some reishi mushrooms placed in an incense burner. It symbolizes good fortune and longevity.

Souvenir Sheet B: includes four stamps
1. Revolving gourd-shaped vase with decoration of floral pattern in yellow ground of yangcai painted enamels, Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty (NT$5): The vase consists of four parts: a small vase on the top, a middle section that connects to the upper half of the open fretwork, a base that connects to the lower half of the open fretwork, and an inner cylinder. Hibiscuses are painted on the lip, the body, and the base, whereas the neck, the waist and the open fretwork are adorned with representations of golden lotus petals and scroll grass patterns over a sky blue field. A mark on the base in underglaze blue and seal script reads, "Made during the reign of Qianlong of the Qing dynasty."

2. Carved red lacquer bowl and plate with dragon motif, Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty (NT$10): This glossy red lacquer bowl stand consists of a tall ringfoot, a six-petal sunflower-shaped plate, and a round bottomless bowl holder. The outer wall of the bowl holder features a dragon weaving through clouds. The ringfoot and both sides of the plate are adorned with cloud patterns. A mark on the base includes the character for wisdom in gold regular script and the following text: "Made during the reign of Qianlong of the Qing dynasty."

3. Plate with celadon glaze, Ru ware, Northern Song dynasty (NT$10): This plate is round with a slightly arched wall and flat well. Its foot rim curls slightly outwards with brass studs on the edge. There is a pinkish sheen where the glaze is thin. There are crackles where the glaze pooled at the edge of the well. The plate has a poem by Emperor Qianlong inscribed on the base.

4. Jade bear vessel, Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty (NT$12): This vessel is made to look like a bear, with its mouth open, its tongue slightly curled, its left hand stretching forward and its right hand pulling back. It holds a ball in its right hand and is posed to throw. A tube sticks out from its back. A three-column inscription in regular script on the back of the tube reads, "In the ancient style, Qianlong of the Qing dynasty."


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