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Special 375 Chinese Classical Opera(Yuan Opera)Postage Stamps (1997)

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Stamp SN D375
Stamp Name Special 375 Chinese Classical Opera(Yuan Opera)Postage Stamps (1997)
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Theater
Issue date 1997-08-22
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 29 X 37(mm)
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co., Inc., R.O.C.
Designer Chen Yung-mo
Creative Director Su Tsung-hsiung
Sheet composition 20 (4 X 5)
Print color
Process Deep etch offset
Perforation 13
This Directorate will use Chinese classical opera as subject matter for a series of drama postage stamps, to help enhance local residents’ knowledge of ancient folk literature. Yuan opera is the earliest form of Chinese classical opera, and its aim is to teach and instruct. The subject matter selected for the first set is Wang Shih- fu’s "Hsi Hsiang Chi", Kuan Han-chin’s "Dan Ddw Huei", Ma Jyi-yuan’s "Han Guong Chiou", and Bai Pu’s "Wu Tong Yu" Wu. Hung-i, professor at National Taiwan University, was invited to make plan for this set of stamps. The following is a brief introduction to the stamp designs:(1)Hsi Hsiang Chi: The setting is a night lit by a full moon. Chang Shen is playing a musical instrument in his library, expressing his love for Tsuei Ying-ying. Under the trees outside his room, Hong Niang is talking Ying-ying into approaching Chang’s room to listen to his playing.(2)Dan Daw Huei The design depicts Kuan Gung, holding his huge long knife, standing erect on a ferry boat crossing the river, to meet his enemy in a dinner party, displaying his bravery and righteousness.(3)Han Guong Chiou: The design depicts the scene in which Wang Chao-jiun is unwillingly leaving her country, with the Emperor Han Yuan Di coming to Bachiau to see her off.(4)Wu Tonq Yu :The design depicts Emperor Tang Ming Huang, in his palace, listeninq to the sound of falling rain, thinking about Yang Kuei-fei, his beloved concubine who died at Makueibo.