Chunghwa Post issued another set of four stamps and a souvenir sheet on artifacts from the National Palace Museum collection to introduce the beauty of ancient Chinese artifacts.
1. Gilt-copper Censer with Turquoise Inlays, Qing Dynasty (NT$5): The surface of this vessel is decorated with cloud and key fret patterns, while its underside and its round feet are adorned with banana leaf patterns, with turquoise inlays between the leaves. There is a seven-character line in relief under the rim which reads, “Made during the reign of the Qing Emperor Qianlong.”
2. Five Altar Offerings in Gilt Copper-Censer, Qing Dynasty (NT$5): Its surface is totally covered with key fret patterns and lotus flower designs. The lid and its knob (which has a dragon design) feature openwork to let incense smoke out.
3. Five Altar Offerings in Gilt Copper with Glass and Enamel Inlays-Censer, Qing Dynasty (NT$10): The lid of this vessel features openwork. There is a lion on the top of the lid whose front foot is playing with a ball. Its lid, body, handles and four hoof-shaped feet are decorated with white material, while the lotus-petal patterns on its body and the lotus on its handles are filled with blue enamel.
4. Five Altar Offerings in Gilt Copper with White Jade, Turquoise, and Glass Inlays-Censer, Qing Dynasty (NT$25): The lid and body of this vessel are decorated with pieces of white jade inlay with twine-patterned openwork carving. Its shoulder is inlaid with lotus petals carved out of turquoise and pieces of blue glass. The vessel’s handles and four feet are inlaid with turquoise.
5. Souvenir sheet: (NT$45): It contains the above-mentioned four stamps. The marginal inscription of the sheet features a Qing Dynasty porcelain Buddha in famille rose and Gold Enamel from the National Palace Museum collection, against a background of partial texts of the Diamond Sutra.
Title: Ancient Chinese Art Treasures II
Date of Issue: 18 November 2010
Denominations: NT$5 x 2, NT$10, NT$25, Souvenir sheet:NT$45