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China's zodiac stamps get enamelled


11-15-2016 00:29 BJT

The first set of Chinese zodiac stamps was issued in 1980, with the cycle completing in 1991. They've been very popular among stamp collectors for their vivid portrayal of the 12 animals.  Just how popular can be seen from the current price of the first stamp of that cycle.  The Year of the Monkey stamp had a face value of 8 cents back in 1980.  It now fetches up to 15,000 yuan.  And spicing things up even more is a cloisonné version of this set of stamps. The new set was created by master craftsman Mi Zhen'xiong. 

He's used the cloisonné technique on the formal set of zodiac stamps. The animals are outlined in metal thread, and colored with mineral pigments. The new collection fuses the arts of cloisonné, ink painting and stamp making.  Cloisonné was formerly a royal art.  Mi Zhen'xiong's creation breathes fresh air into the original collection. The difficulty in execution further adds to its value.

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