To introduce the beauty of ancient Chinese artifacts to the public, Chunghwa Post is issuing a set of two stamps and a souvenir sheet on vases from the National Palace Museum collection. The designs follow: 1. Vase with “One Hundred Deer” motif in wu-ts’ai enamels, Wan-li reign (1573-1620), Ming dynasty (NT$12): This vase is 34.6 cm in height. The neck of the vase is decorated with colorful flowers and peaches, while the body is painted with colorful trees, clouds, and deer. The term “one hundred deer,” or bailu, is a homonym in Chinese for “infinite great fortune.” The words “made during the reign of Emperor Wan-li, Ming dynasty” are written in blue regular script on the bottom. 2. Lantern-shaped vase with “One Hundred Boys” motif in fen-ts’ai enamels, Qian-long reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (NT$25): This lantern-shaped vase is 30.5 cm in height. The vase’s body is white and decorated with a landscape featuring young boys rowing a dragon boat. The neck and lower portion of the vase are green and decorated with interlocking lotus flowers and ruyi patterns. The inside and bottom of the vase are turquoise green. The words “made during the reign of Emperor Qian-long, Qing dynasty” are written in red seal script on the bottom. 3. Souvenir Sheet (NT$37): The sheet includes both stamps, which are set against design elements from the two vases that are featured on the sheet’s margins. The sheet is titled with calligraphy from Dong Qi-chang of the Ming Dynasty for the two Chinese characters that mean “ancient artifact.”
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