Hongkong Post announced today (October 30) the issue of a set of special stamps with a theme of "Hong Kong Museums Collection - Bamboo Carvings", together with associated philatelic products, on November 14 (Tuesday).
Bamboo carving is the art of engraving decorative patterns or illustrations on bamboo, or carving decorative objects out of bamboo roots and rhizomes. Bamboo carvings can be broadly classified into two categories, namely stem carving and root carving. In stem carving, bamboo stems are used as the carving materials and the finished artefacts are mainly brush pots, incense holders and scroll holders. As for root carving, bamboo carvers make dexterous use of the different textures and forms of the roots or rhizomes and carve them into various three-dimensional sculptures and decorative objects such as human and animal figurines.
This set of special stamps themed on "Hong Kong Museums Collection - Bamboo Carvings" is the fifth set in the "Hong Kong Museums Collection" series since 2009 and features six bamboo carvings from the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art:
$1.70: Cricket cage carved with flowers and insects in liuqing low relief;
$2.20: Lingzhi fungus and narcissus carved in the round;
$2.90: Brush pot carved with the scene of "Night Visit to the Red Cliff" in high relief;
$3.10: Incense holder carved with a lady reading a letter in secret in openwork;
$3.70: Water container with plum branches carved in the round; and
$5: Jar carved with kui-dragon and animal masks in low relief.
All six bamboo carvings were donated by Dr Ip Yee (1921-1984). Embossing and debossing have been employed in the printing of this set of stamps to accentuate the exquisite craftsmanship of each masterpiece, producing a strong three-dimensional effect.
Official First Day Covers at $1.30 each will be on sale at all post offices from tomorrow (October 31). The stamps and associated philatelic products will be displayed at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office, Sha Tin Central Post Office and Tuen Mun Central Post Office from the same day. Advance orders for servicing self-provided covers will be accepted at all philatelic offices from tomorrow to November 6.
Information about this special stamp issue and associated philatelic products is available on the Hongkong Post website at www.hongkongpost.hk and via the Hongkong Post mobile app.
Mint stamps, Souvenir Sheet and Special Postmark with a theme of "Hong Kong Museums Collection - Bamboo Carvings".
First Day Cover and Serviced First Day Covers with a theme of "Hong Kong Museums Collection - Bamboo Carvings".