To meet demand among philatelists, promote Chinese culture and introduce ancient Chinese art to the world, the Directorate General of Posts has once again asked the NationalPalaceMuseum to suggest "Bird Manual" works by palace painters during the Ching dynasty as the basis for 4 stamps to be released on September 29, 2001. (Earlier sets of bird manual stamps were issued in 1997, 1999 and 2000.) The four birds chosen for the stamps are the Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica), Siberian Rubythroat (Erithacus calliope), White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata) and the Great Barbet (Megalaima virens). Chien Sung-tsun of the NationalPalaceMuseum is in charge of planning the stamps.
There are a total of 60 page spreads in NationalPalaceMuseum's Bird Manual collection. The Directorate has once again chosen four of these for a set of stamps. For aesthetic reasons, exquisite parts of the paintings have been chosen for the stamps and removed from their original backgrounds. Visually striking stamps are the result.
(1) First Day Cover in small size to be sold at NT$2.00 apiece. (2) Folder especially prepared for the stamps to be sold at NT$5.00 apiece. (3) Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the stamps to be sold at NT$5.00 apiece. (4) Loose-leaf stamp album page with plastic cover to be sold at NT$8.00 apiece. (5) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a low-valued stamp to be sold at NT$7.00 apiece. (6) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a complete set of stamps to be sold at NT$49.00 apiece. (7) Maximum cards of National Palace Museum's Bird Manual Postage Stamps comprising 4 stamps to be sold at NT$97.00 apiece.