Title : Special Postage Stamps Commemorating the "5000 Years of Korean Art" Exhibition (6th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
1169 
KPC#
C-826 
MICHEL#
1194 
StanGib#
1426 
Scott#
1191 
Date of Issue
04/20/1980 
Quantity
6,000,000 
Denomination
30 won 
Design
Heavenly Horse 
Designer
Kim Jae-min 
Image Area
36mm*26mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5Ąż5 
Paper
White
Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
A Korean art exhibition under the title of "5000 Years of Korean Art" has been held in the United States, in one city after another, since May 1, 1979 and is scheduled to continue through June 30, 1981 when it will have been held in seven American cities.

The exhibition was planned to provide an opportunity for foreign people to get a new understanding of the abundant and unique artistic heritage of the Korean people. In order to celebrate the occasion, the Ministry of Communications decided to issue special postage stamps depicting some of the cultural assets equivalent to national treasures. The following are the second set of these to be issued this year, and the 6th Issue, overall:
1. Heavenly Horse.
Discovered in an old royal tomb called the "Heavenly Horse Tomb", excavated in Kyongju in 1973, this is a decorative painting designed on a birch bark saddle guard. It is distinguished in the technique of depiction, and is the most excellent and most perfectly preserved of all the known paintings of the Old Shilla Kingdom. "Heavenly Horse" depicts as its theme a flying horse, and around the horse is painted "Indongdangchomun", which is so similar in pattern to the murals found in old tombs of the Koguryo Kingdom that it has a special value as historical material in clarifying the cultural relations between the old kingdoms.

2. Banner Staff with Dragon-head Final.
the banner staff featured here is a miniature replica of the kind of flag poles known as "Tang-han Chiju". With one end fixed on a two-tiered stand and the other decorated with a dragon head, this gilt-bronze decorative product of the Koryo Dynasty is the only one of its kind so far found that has been kept intact. Iron poles that look like this one may be found in some Buddhist temples today. Shown in the Hoam Art Museum, its height:73cm, the lower stand:20.9*16cm, and iy is National Treasure No.136.