Sunday, 4 May 2014

Hong Kong: Year of Snake

The use of animals to mark the 12 components of the Lunar New Year cycle is a long held tradition in China. 2013 was the Year of Snake.

The above stamps were issued in the year 2013 for marking the Year of Snake. This issue is the second Lunar New Year special stamp issue in the fourth series released by Hong Kong post. The four stamps use different types of traditional Chinese arts and crafts to signify the theme of Year of Snake. (Clockwise from top) a picture of a snake that is made by Chinese paper cutting techniques, a snake rendered in Chinese ink and wash technique, picture of a snake in bronze inscription, a coiled snake shape like jade pendent are depicted.

The above sheetlet was issued this year (2014) depicting the picture of a horse made of gold issued for the Year of Horse and a picture of a snake made of silver issued for the Year of Snake.

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