To offer its customers a greater variety of choices of personal greeting stamps, Chunghwa Post is releasing a set of ten stamps featuring artifacts from the National Palace Museum collection. The designs follow:
1. Bowl with orchid and rocks in yellow ground of falangcai painted enamels, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign 1723-1735 (NT$5): An exquisite bowl, its exterior is painted with yellow enamel and decorated with reishi mushrooms, orchids, red fruit, and rocks.
2. Washer with two-fish design in relief, Longquan ware, Southern Song to Yuan dynasties, 13th-14th century (NT$5): This shallow washer has a flat everted rim and a ring foot. The interior of the washer features a pair of fish in relief. The washer is covered in a soft yet rich green glaze.
3. Lidder jar with dragon in doucai polychrome, Ming dynasty, Chenghua reign 1465-1487 (NT$5): The design of the jar is outlined in underglaze blue. The lid is decorated with a green dragon. The body of the jar is painted with two dragons. The base is marked with a tian (天) character which means sky.
4. Pillow in the shape of a recumbent child with white glaze, Ding ware, 11th - 12th century (NT$5): This pillow is shaped like a little boy lying face down on a mattress, with head laying on his crossed and bent arms. The low and flat back of the child serves as the place where a head will lie on the pillow.
5. Fish-creature flower holder, Ming dynasty (NT$5): The flower holder is made to resemble a fish that is struggling to leap out of water. The fish’s head has transformed into a dragon. The vessel symbolizes “a fish leaping through the dragon’s gate,” a popular Chinese idiom that indicates a successful effort.
6. Covered box with floral decoration in purple ground and fencai enamels, Qing dynasty, Guangxu reign, 1874-1908 (NT$5): Marked with the Da-ya Studio, this box follows the use of Falangcai colors from the golden age of the Qing Dynasty, except that it boldly uses purple as the ground.
7. Jadeite cabbage with insects, Qing dynasty (NT$12): This piece makes clever use of the jade’s original colors by carving the green part of the jade into the cabbage leaves and the white part into the stalk. There is one katydid and one locust on the leaves.
8. Lotus-shaped warming bowl in light bluish-green glaze, Ru ware, late 11th - early 12th century (NT$12): This bowl is shaped to resemble a lotus flower with ten petals. The side of the bowl is gently curved with a subtly flaring rim. The transition from one petal lobe to the next is very smooth.
9. Meat-shaped stone, Qing dynasty (NT$12): The stone used for this piece is characterized by its different color layers. The creator made use of this special characteristic and turned it into a chunk of delicious stewed pork with clear layers of skin, fat, and lean meat, completed with vivid pores on the skin.
10. Mao-gong Ding, late Western Zhou dynasty (NT$12): Mao-gong Ding is a Chinese ritual vessel from some 2,800 years ago. The interior of the vessel has a 500-character inscription, which serves as precious documentation for historical research about the Western Zhou.