Title: Folklore Series (1st Issue)
Masks 
(View Souvenir Sheet)
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Stamp Serial#
545 
KPC#
C-305 
MICHEL#
575 
StanGib#
687 
Scott#
554 
Date of Issue
03/15/1967 
Quantity
1,000,000 
Denomination
7 won 
Design
Ha-hoe mask 
Designer
Kang Choon-whan 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
1312 
Sheet Composition
105 
Paper
Granite paper; unwatermarked
Printer
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Repubic of Korea 
Description
The Ministry of Communications will issue a series of folklore stamps this year in order to promote the Korean folklore cultures at home and abroad. The theme of the first issue of this series is the mask, one of the most interesting form of our folklores.

The mask dancing has its origin in the ancient Shilla Dynasty and was performed by the common people as religious rite or as plays for amusement.

Hafoe Masque: The mask depicted in the 7 Won stamp is mask of a Yangban (the ruling class of the Yi/Lee Dynasty) who appears in the Hafoe shaman mask dancing. The dancing was usually performed as religious rite of worshipping the village gods enshrined in the Sungwhang-dang, Kookshin-dang and Samshin-dang in Hafoe village, Andong, Kyongsang Province and its vicinity area. With this background, the Hafoe mask dancing consequently became a play for amusement among the folks. The players all came from the commoners and they were allowed to wisecrack at the Yangban class while they wear on masks. This might well be the one and only opportunity during which they can give out vent to their mortification in everyday life. Originally, the Hafoe mask comprised a total of 12 wood-carved masks and today only 9 of them are in existence. They are designated as national cultural properties by the Government because they are of Koryo Dynasty's origin and they are the most excellent type of the masks found today.