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Special 148 Origin and Development of Chinese Characters Postage Stamps (1979)

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Stamp SN D148
Stamp Name Special 148 Origin and Development of Chinese Characters Postage Stamps (1979)
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Antiques, Calligraphy & Paintings
Issue date 1979-01-17
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 51x36
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co. Inc., R.O.C.
Photographer Huang Po-hsiung
Creative Director
Sheet composition 5×10
Print color
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Locally-made mat finished,<br>watermarked stamp paper <br>with gum<br>
Perforation 13 1/2

  Chinese characters have had a long history of development, and are regarded as one of the oldest written languages in the world. The style of the earliest stage was based on Hsiang-hsing (Imitative Symbols). Later it developed into Chih-shih (Indicative Symbols), Hsing-sheng (Phonetic Compounds), Hui-i (Logical Combinations), Chuan-chu (Expression by Reciprocation), and Chia-chieh (Borrowed Words). This shows that in the process of the development, Chinese characters gradually underwent changes from symbol to abstraction.

  The four styles of Chinese characters shown on this set of stamps are as follows:

2.00 Chia-ku-wen (Oracle Inscription), Yin Dynasty

   Antique: Oracle bones of Yin Dynasty kept in the Academic Sinica

5.00 Chin-wen, Spring and Autumn period

   Antique: 〝Leh-chi〞 cauldron of the Spring and Autumn period kept in National Palace Museum

8.00 Hsiao-chuan (the Small Seal Style), Western Han Dynasty

   Antique: Seal engraved 〝Chin-shih-chiang-chun-chang〞of the Western Han Dynasty kept in National Palace Museum

10.00 Li-shu(the Square-plain-style), Eastern Han Dynasty

   Antique: Writing on Stone of the Eastern Han Dynasty kept in National Museum of History