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Thursday, August 4, 2016

China 2016 - China's Literal Classics - Dream of the Red Chamber



COUNTRY: CHINA
ISSUE DATE: 18 June 2016
THEME: Dream of the Red Chamber
STAMP SIZE: 40 x 54 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Xiao Yutian


Dream of the Red Chamber, also called Story of the Stone, is a couplet novel composed by Cao Xueqin.




Based on the four wealthy aristocratic Jia, Shi, Wang and Xue clans and exploring the love tragedy between Jia Baoyu, carefree adolescent male heir of the family, and his sickly cousin Lin Daiyu. It covers the episodic prosper and decline of the two branches of the wealthy, aristocratic Jia clan - the Rongguo and Ningguo houses, who reside in two large, adjacent family compounds in the capital.



The plot concerns a variety of subject areas, such as poetry, ditties, odes, songs, music, chess, calligraphy, painting and other traditional forms of culture. With fine and vivid language, the novel has created many typical characters and is a remarkable artistic achievement.







Stamp images and description thanks to China Post

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