Qing Dynasty Embroidery stamps from Taiwan

March 20th, 2013

To promote appreciation of the beauty of ancient Chinese art, Chunghwa Post is releasing a set of five stamps and a souvenir sheet on a Qing dynasty lateral curtain with flower and bird embroidery from the National Museum of History's collection.

Traditionally, lateral curtains were mostly used to decorate the central hall of a house for a wedding or other celebratory occasion. This red silk lateral curtain, stretches nearly five meters long, features meticulously stitched embroidered flowers, birds, grass, trees, clouds and rocks that simply burst with color.

The overall effect is sumptuous and elegant. One of the greatest embroidered works of art of the Qing Dynasty, the curtain, with its glorious and colorful vista of blooming flowers and songbirds, signals that all is flourishing. This set of stamps features the most prominent sections of the embroidery.

The designs follow peacocks and scholar’s rocks; a snow crane, a bat, mynahs and reishi mushrooms; a snow crane, a pine tree and orchids; paradise flycatchers, plum blossoms, bamboo, and magnolia flowers; a pair of Mandarin ducks, a kingfisher and lotus flowers.

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