Title : SPECIAL POSTAGE STAMP FOR 5000 YEARS OF KOREAN ART 
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Stamp Serial#
1144 
KPC#
C-819 
MICHEL#
1169 
StanGib#
1397 
Scott#
1177 
Date of Issue
09/01/1979 
Quantity
6,000,000 
Denomination
60 won 
Design
Courtesan's Sword-Dance 
Designer
Kim Jae-min 
Image Area
49mmí┐33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
2í┐5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
In commemoration of an exhibition of 354 artistic masterpieces representing "5,000 years of Korean art", being held in seven major cities of the United States, the Ministry of Communications has been issuing several kinds of special Postage Stamps in a series, in order to give a fresh image of Korea with abundant cultural inheritance, at the same time showing of the excellent quality of our traditional culture to the entire World. Designs for those special Stamps are being selected from among the entries to the overseas exhibition. Following the first series of five masterpieces including Dano Day by Shin Yun-bok, this Ministry is issuing the "Courtesan Sword-Dance", by Shin Yun-bok, as the second series.

Shin Yun-bok (1758-?), is a famous artist in the middle of the Yi Dynasty toward the end of the 18th century, and served the Yi Dynasty court as an artist. He is renowned for having developed a peculiar painting style of his own.

In the "Courtesan's Sword-dance", ink and color on paper, 28.2cm by 35.2cm, an upper-class audience is being entertained at a party with the sword-dance performed by a pair of courtesans to the tune of a professional music band. Other points of interest in this painting are costume and hair styles, including the women's chignon hair pieces and the smoking of tobacco.