Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Year of the Pig

1983: Year of the Pig (Design - Lu Tianjaio; Engraver - Zhao Shumyi)
A pig painted by the artist Han Meilin who has produced art work for other Chinese stamps and lunar new year animals.  He says the artist "should learn to love all animals, all the creatures, as well as the Earth, and put this love and beauty in everyone's heart".  I think he has succeeded with his adorable painted pig.
2014: The Manx Ark - Rare Breeds (Design - AJC Design)
Here is one nature has painted, a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig as portrayed by another animal lover, the wildlife artist Dr Jeremy Paul.  The Old Spot is a particularly chilled out pig, particularly relevant to the Chinese Zodiac whose animal order was decided on their arrival at the Jade Emperors party. The pig overslept so he was the last to arrive and became the 12th zodiac animal.

A Happy Lunar New Year


FinnBadger said...

Fantastic stamps - I like pigs in general, as well as lunar new year stamp issues. Nice to see a heritage breed as well.

Eva A. said...

I haven't received any pig yet. These are very interesting designs.

Bob Scotney said...

My imagination didn't stretch far enough to recognise the pig in the first stamp.

violet s said...

Oh my - get those ears out of your eyes, Old Spot!!
(it was my hair that my mother always wanted out of my eyes)