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SP.563 Facial Tattoos Postage Stamp

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Stamp SN D563
Stamp Name SP.563 Facial Tattoos Postage Stamp
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Society
Issue date 2011-08-01
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 32 × 32(mm)
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co., Ltd.
Designer Huang Ju-tai
Creative Director
Sheet composition 20 (4 × 5 )
Print color Colorful
Process Offset
Paper Phosphorescent stamp paper<br>
Perforation 12 1/2

In the early days of the tribal society of the Atayal, an aboriginal people of Taiwan, decorative facial tattoos were customarily stained on tribal members’ faces during solemn rituals. Men tattooed one or more vertical lines on their forehead and chins, whereas women tattooed one or more vertical lines on their foreheads as well as V shapes on their cheeks, extending from their ears to their lips. The traditional Atayal facial tattoo is fraught with social meaning. Apart from being symbols of glory, these tattoos demonstrate tribal identity, convey that their bearers have reached adulthood, and serve as badges of bravery and talent.

To increase understanding of the culture of facial tattoo, which is gradually disappearing, Chunghwa Post is issuing this stamp with a denomination of NT$25. The Atayals produce excellent woven goods, and only women who are skilled weavers are entitled to wear facial tattoos. The stamp features a tattooed Atayal woman weaving against the background of Mt. Dabajian.

(1) First Day Cover: NT$2 apiece.
(2) Folder: NT$5 apiece.
(3) Folder with mount: NT$5 apiece.
(4) Loose-leaf album page: NT$8 apiece.
(5) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one stamp: NT$27 apiece.

To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, or order on line at http://stamp.post.gov.tw.