09 July 2014

Dream of the Red Chamber – Chinese masterpiece on stamp


China National Philatelic Corporation  issued  a souvenir sheet on 21st June 2014  to  commemorate Dream of the Red Chamber, a Chinese masterpiece .

The novel Dream of the Red Chamber, also known as The Story of the Stone, initially contained only 80 chapters and was circulated in manuscript copies until its 120-chapter printed version was published. It is considered a milestone in the history of Chinese classical novels and a masterpiece in Chinese and world literature. Its author, Cao Xueqin, spent 10 years writing the novel based on his own life experience. The novel depicts the rise and decay of the Jia clan and the love tragedy between Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu, giving readers a full picture of social life in the late period of feudal China.

This set of stamps depicts traditional paintings by contemporary Chinese painter Dai Dunbang. The souvenir sheet depicts the scene that the spirit of Baoyu visits the Great Void as described in Chapter 5. With illustrations, comments, and songs, the chapter predicts the unfortunate destinies of all maidens in the Grand View Garden and the decay of the Jia clan. From the perspective of plot development, the chapter sets the main tone of the novel: reflecting the reality with fantasy. From the perspective of artistic conception, the chapter serves as an outline of the entire novel.

Club News

Forthcoming Exhibition



9th State level philatelic exhibition ODIPEX 21014, organized by  Deptt. of Posts, Odisha Circle will be held from 22 –24 August 2014 at Bhubaneshwar. The last date of application is 25 July 2014. For details contact In-charge philatelic Bureau, Bhubaneshwar.

Venue : Marwadi Society,Unit 6,  Bhubaneshwar

- Dr Bibudatta Mishra – Bhubaneshwar : email : bhanubibhu68@gmail.com

STAMP EXPO at Chennai

Orgainzer : South India Philatelists’ Association

Date : 25-27 July 2014

Venue : Shiraz Hall, 14 Whannels Road, Egmore, Chennai



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