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New Zealand: 2014 Year of the Horse Set of Stamps - © 2014 New Zealand Post
The 2014 Year of the Horse stamps represent the strong and successful co-existence of the Chinese and New Zealand cultures. The Chinese folk arts of calligraphy, paper-cutting and line art illustration are depicted on the stamps against a background of New Zealand as ‘the land of the long white cloud’.
70c - Pictogram
Many Chinese characters are derived from pictograms, stylised drawings of the objects they represent. Originating in ancient times, these pictograms are among the oldest characters still in use – and a few, including the Chinese horse character, still take their earliest forms.
$1.40 - Paper-cut Horse
In China, paper-cuts are mainly used as home decorations, on everything from walls, windows and doors to mirrors, lamps and lanterns. Chinese people believe that red paper-cuts on the doors of houses can bring good luck and happiness to the families who live there.
$1.90 - Equestrian
New Zealand has earned a global reputation for its horse breeding, horse racing and horse riding. This stamp design uses a line art illustration to depict the elegant sport of show jumping, linking the image of the horse with the Chinese lunar year.
$2.40 - Rotorua Museum
The Rotorua Museum of Art and History is located in a building affectionately known as the Bath House – so called because it was once a geothermal spa offering therapeutic treatments to visitors from all over the world. Opened in 1908, the Bath House was the New Zealand Government’s first major investment in the tourism industry.

Date of issue:8 January 2014
Number of stamps:Four gummed stamps
Denominations:70c, $1.40, $1.90 and $2.40
Stamps, miniature sheet, first day covers and presentation pack designed by:Asiaworks, Auckland, New Zealand
Printer and process:Cartor Security Printing, France by offset lithography
Number of colours:Four process colours
Stamp size and format:30mm x 40mm (vertical)
Paper type:103gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet:25
Perforation gauge:13.25 x 13
Special blocks:Plate/Imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.
Period of sale:Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 7 January 2015
SOURCE
stamps.nzpost.co.nz

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