To promote an appreciation for the beauty of ancient Chinese art, Chunghwa Post will release a souvenir sheet “Nine Elders of Mt. Hsiang” on the painting Nine Elders, from the National Palace Museum collection.
Painted on a long scroll, Nine Elders depicts a scene from a party on Mt. Hsiang during Tang Emperor Wuzong’s reign in 845 A.D. The party’s host, Tang poet Bai Ju-yi, had retired to the mountain. He and his eight guests were all well over 70 years of age.
The se-tenant strip of three stamps features a garden. From left, the individual stamps respectively show guests who are absorbed in a game of chess (NT$5), conversing while strolling or dancing with flower in hair (NT$25), or reading (NT$25). The color palette of the painting is elegant; the lines of the trees, the boulders, and the figures’ clothes are flowing; and the expressions of the figures are vivid and natural. The painting’s Shangri-La-like setting is beautiful and secluded. Large pines sway and lush green bamboos stand tall. The painting is unsigned but thought to be painted by Liu Song-nian of the Song Dynasty.
Title: Nine Elders of Mt. Hsiang
Date of Issue: 9 September 2011
Denominations: NT$5, NT$25, NT$25
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