The set of〝 Ancient Painting-One Hundred Horses-Postage Stamps〞 was issued on June 18, 1970, the opening date of the International Symposium on Ancient Chinese Paintings held at the National Palace Museum. This brilliant Chinese handscroll,One Hundred Horses,- in the collection of the National Palace Museum measures 776.2 × 94.5 cm. and was painted in color and ink on silk. It portrays a typical pasture in north China, including mountains, rivers, trees, grass, a tent, grooms, and one hundred horses. The most amazing feature is that these one hundred lively horses are in one hundred different poss, depicting all kinds of activities. No two horses in the picture are alike.
The painter was Lang Shih-ning (Giuseppe Castiglione, 1688-1766), a native of Milan, Italy. Trained as a painter and architect, he came to China as a missionary of the Society of Jesus and was summoned to the palace as a court painter. He assimilated some Western techniques in his classical Chinese paintings. Excelling in painting figures, flowers, and birds, he is particularly well-known for his paintings of horses.
These seven stamps consist of a strip of five 1.00 stamps reproducing the total picture, a 5.00 stamp showing a close-up view of three horses playing together, and a 8.00 stamp featuring a groom roping horses.
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