Hong Kong enjoys a vast cultural landscape, boasting museums of various kinds with a rich array of magnificent exhibits. Hongkong Post issued its first set of “Hong Kong Museums Collection” special stamps in 2009, with the theme of Chinese calligraphy and painting. The second set on Hong Kong’s culture and history is now released to present treasures from the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, and the Dr. & Mrs. Hung Hin Shiu Museum of Chinese Medicine at Hong Kong Baptist University. This set of six stamps showcases six traditional articles, taking you on a trip down memory lane to savour a taste of life back then.
$1.40 – Forehead Headdress
The forehead headdress, adorned with pheasant tail feathers and elaborate fringes, is an accessory mainly for female martial roles in Cantonese opera. This forehead headdress was worn by Ms Ng Kwan Lai during her performance in the opera The Sounds of Battle in the 1970s.
$1.80 – Qipao (1920s – 1930s)
In the early 20th century, upper-class women in China improved the early qipao based on Western-style clothes, creating a design with shorter length, tighter waistline and a high collar. Retaining these tailoring features, the qipao became fashionable ladies’ wear in the 1930s.
$2.40 – Silver Footed Bowl Decorated in Repousse
This silver bowl is typical of the export silverware made in Hong Kong during the late 19th century. It adopts a western form, but is decorated with exuberant Chinese motifs including pavilions and figures characteristic of the time.
$2.50 – Sequined Reversible Palace Costume
This costume was worn by Ms Fong Yim Fun during her performance in the opera The Marriage of Hung Luen in 1957. The principle female role, Hung Luen, first appeared as a fairy wearing a yellow sequined robe. In the scene of “transformation”, the robe was suddenly turned into a red sequined palace costume decorated with colourful satin “canopy” ribbons. The dual design of the outfit was used to symbolise the character’s magical power of transformation.
$3 – Green Glazed Barrel for Herbal Tea
In the old days, herbal tea shops in Hong Kong mostly used ceramic or copper barrels to hold the brew. This green glazed barrel is an example. As time has gone by, these barrels are not seen anymore.
$5 – Baby-carrier with Head Support
A traditional Chinese baby-carrier is usually a square of fabric with long straps extending from each of the four corners. Auspicious motifs are embroidered on the centre piece. Some baby-carriers are made with a head support to protect the baby’s head and neck and block out the sunlight.
Title: Hong Kong Museums Collection
Date of Issue: 6 December 2011
Country: Hong Kong
Denominations: $1.40, $1.80, $2.40, $2.50, $3, $5