Sep 25, 2012

China FDC on "Qin Slips from Liye"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


Qin Slips from Liye

Date of Issue : 13 September 2012

2-1 : Multiplication
2-2 : Qin Calendar

The Qin slips from Liye are official archives of the government of Qianling County in Dongting Prefecture, ruled by the Qin Dynasty (221 - 206 BC). In June 2002, some 37,000 slips were unearthed from the ruins of Liye Ancient Town in Longshan County, Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province. All bearing characters written by writing brushes, they are mostly government decrees and documents, covering many aspects from household registration to land reclamation and agricultural taxation. A 23cm x 4.5cm wooden slip was found to carry the multiplication table as well as characters on both sides. The slip inscription on the Qin Calendar is an offical letter from the government of Yangling County to Dongting Prefecture.

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