Sep 14, 2010

Taiwan FDC on "Ancient Chinese Painting 'Nine Elders of Mt. Hsiang'"

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Ancient Chinese Painting “Nine Elders of Mt. Hsiang”

Date of Issue : 9 September 2010

This souvenir sheet comprises three stamps, one with a denomination of NT$5 and the other two with NT$25 each. It is based on the painting Nine Elders of Mt. Hsiang, by an anonymous Song Dynasty painter, from the National Palace Museum collection. The painting depicts a scene from a party. Because the host and guests were all over 70, they were called the nine elders. The painting is in the shape of a round fan. The painter used large pines and boulders to cleverly divide the composition. On the upper right there are two men reading from a scroll in a bamboo grove (NT$25). On the lower right there are three men holding a conversation and a man, with a flower on his head, dancing to amuse others (NT$25). There is a creek cutting through the left, and a man watching two other men, who are playing chess with great concentration. A young servant stands nearby (NT$5).

It is an exquisite example of a Southern Song Dynasty booklet painting.

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