Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Asian Arts on Czech Republic Stamps

The Czech Post has issued the art stamp series on March 18, 2009. The chosen art are the Asian art from China and Indonesia. The stamps are comprised of two stamp depicts a paint art from Lu Tung Pin of China and a detail of a scene from hindu mythology of Bali, Indonesia. The graphic designer of stamp is Martin Srb.
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The Immortal Lü Tung Pin, Chinese painter, (14th-15th cent.), National Gallery in Prague - Collection of Oriental Arts in Zbraslav.
Chinese culture draws on three philosophical systems - taoism, confucianism and buddhism.
The taoist tradition abounds in numerous legendary figures gifted with miraculous abilities, and tales of their doings occur in many chronicles and legends, folk tales as well as literary works, but also in paintings.
The so-called Eight Immortals (Pa Sien), established as early as in the era of the Jüan dynasty (1279-1368), have been so frequent in the Chinese literary and art tradition that they have become a part of the Chinese folklore.



The most recognisable of these Eight Immortals is Lü Tung Pin; he is usually painted as a large stately figure with a sharp, wise, complacent and gracious expression of his long-bearded face, wearing luxurious clothes - something of the sort of a Chinese mandarin. His attribute is the miraculous flaming Blue Sword.
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A Mythological Scene, Indonesia, Bali (1920s), The National - Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures
The postage stamp features a detail of a scene from hindu mythology. The bright colours with gilt ornaments give the whole of the painting a tint of pompous luxury.
The art of painting has had a long tradition in Bali where it has always played an important role in religious rites and life at the court.
Traditional schools painted mainly scenes from eposes, using the same style to produce individual figures as in the traditional puppet theatre wayang.


The postage stamp features a detail of a painting of a scene from the hindu epic Ramayana. This classic work of the Indian literature was brought to Indonesia where it became a part of its classic culture. The epic presents the heroic events of the king Rama and his loyal wife Sita who were forced to emigrate. Sita was kidnapped by the demon king Ravana who carried her off to the island of Lanka. She was rescued by the ape king Hanuman.
The work of a painter includes preparation of the surface of canvas, drawing an outline of the future painting, and colouring. The canvas is first boiled in rice paste to become impregnated. The painter then uses shells to carefully smoothen the dried surface. The next and most important step is drawing the outline in ink. When each of the colours is put on one after another, the painter finishes the painting by painting details.
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