Title: Definitive Stamp (40 won)
The 1st Photo-Gravure Printing Series
Has No Title
Stamp Serial#
639 
KPC#
261 
MICHEL#
657 
StanGib#
794 
Scott#
651 
Date of Issue
09/01/1969 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
40 won 
Design
Porcelain Vase, Yi dynasty, 17-18 century 
Designer
Kang Choon-whan 
Image Area
19mm*22mm 
Perforation
1313 
Sheet Composition
1010 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printer
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Repubic of Korea 
Description
The Ministry of Communications will issue a 40-won price regular postage stamp on September 1, a fourth stamp in gravure photo printing, with a design featuring a porcelain of the Yi dynasty. This porcelain, presumed to be a product during the period of the 17th and the 18th century, is 53.3 cm high with bulged part of the body measuring 43.3 cm in diameter, and is shaped like a large jar. It is reputed as one of the finest handicraft work of the Yi dynasty for the beautiful picture drawn on the body.

Designated as national cultural treasure No. 107, it is now preserved in the museum of the Ewha Women`s University, Seoul. The porcelain ceramics of the Yi dynasty whose origin dates back to the Koryo dynasty, had developed its own sophisticated techniques and beauty while being influenced by that of the Myong dynasty and had become a backbone of the ceramic handicraft during the five hundred years of the Yi dynasty. In contrast to the nobleness characteristic to the porcelain of the Koryo dynasty, the beauty of the Yi dynasty porcelain were generally tainted with simple and homely tone, expressing the scenery and national feeling in a quite natural way. Particularly the translucent and serene whiteness of the porcelain represents this nation`s traditional preferrence for simple color, which along with the designs and patterns manifesting the innocency and pathos of the nation, is a keynote of the handicraft artwork of the Yi dynasty.