Wednesday, March 18, 2015

South Korea 2008
African Savannah

 :: THEME: African Savannah
  :: DENOMINATIONS: 4 x 350 Won
   :: ISSUE DATE: 26 March 2008
    :: DESIGN: Jiwon MO

Africa - the unknown continent that warrants at least one visit in a lifetime. The vast plains and deserts that stretch out on extensive terrain, countless tribes and religions, and a variety of natural environments all such unique features co-exist sustaining Africas distinctive traditions and aboriginal culture. The African people are experts at living harmoniously with nature. This African Savanna Special Stamp derives its motive from the nature and tribal life of Africa ? things we conceive as something remote and far away.

Among the animals that migrate through the huge African savanna, familiar breeds such as leopard, elephant and zebra are featured in the new stamps in an endearing style, along with the compassionate face of an African child and an African traditional mask that projects Africas unique zest. Overlapping the childs face is a whirlwind design that symbolizes the sun. The amusing mask featured in the stamp was created by combining the mask commonly used in various African festivals and a mask featuring feathers to embellish the faces of hunters. In designing the new stamp, an engraving technique was employed to show Africa in a more vivid manner.

The new stamp is issued in the sticker type, the first in Korea to take the form of a folding fan in order to provide additional enjoyment. It is hoped that this new African Savanna Special Stamp will spark new interest in Africas enormous nature and aboriginal traditions, taking people one step closer to Africa.