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Special 210 Ancient Chinese Painting

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Stamp SN D210
Stamp Name Special 210 Ancient Chinese Painting
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Flowers, Calligraphy & Paintings
Issue date 1984-08-20
Suspersion date 1985-02-20
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 36x51
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co. Inc., R.O.C.
Photographer Wu Cheng-fang
Creative Director
Sheet composition 10×5
Print color
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Locally-made mat finished,
watermarked stamp paper with gum
Perforation 13 1/2
   The four hanging scrolls, each measuring 102.9×173.5 cm. shown on this set of stamps were painted in color on silk by an anonymous painter of the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 A.D.).They were recommended by the National Palace Museum, Taipei.   When the Tang Emperor Tai-tsung (r.627-649) established the Academy of Learning, he invited many talented scholars to serve there.Those scholars included: Tu Ju-hui, Fang Hsuan-ling, Yu Chih-ning, Su Shih-chang, Hsueh Shou, Chu Liang, Yao Ssu-lien, Lu Te-ming, Kung Ying-ta, Li Hsuan-tao, Li Sou-su, Yu Shih-nan, Tsai Yun-kung, Yen Hsiang-shih, Hsu Ching-tsung, Hsueh Yuan-ching, Kai Wen-ta, and Su Hsu. When Hsueh Shou died, the Emperor invited Liu Hsiao-sun to take his place.A famous Tang Dynasty artist, Yen Li-pen, was ordered to paint the scholars.Chu Liang wrote an encomium and listed the name and rank of each of the scholars; he also referred to the painting as The Eighteen Scholars. The graceful and refined hanging scrolls used for the stamps are from the Sung Dynasty copies. The eighteen scholars pictured are engaged in the delights of music, wei-chi (chess), calligraphy, and painting.