Title : Special Postage Stamps Commemorating the "5000 Years of Korean Art" Exhibition (8th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
1183 
KPC#
C-830 
MICHEL#
1208 
StanGib#
1441 
Scott#
1195 
Date of Issue
08/20/1980 
Quantity
5,000,000 
Denomination
30 won 
Design
Human-faced Roof Tile with Apron 
Designer
Park Yeo-song 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5Ąż5 
Paper
White
Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
The exhibition "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 a total of seven major cities.

In an attempt to make the abundant and unique artistic heritage of the Korean people known throughout the world, the Ministry of Communications seizes this occasion to issue special stamps featuring some of the exhibits and other works of art valued as national treasures. The following two stamps are the fourth of the sets planned for this year, and the 8th Issue, overall:
1. Human-faced Roof Tile with Apron.
A roof tile with apron is a tile to be affixed to each of eaves of a roof. This human-faced tile, which has a hue of light grey and is 14cm in diameter, was excavated at the old site of Heungryun-sa, Kyongju. The chin is broken and missing, but the remaining features, the narrowed eyes and mouth, and the cheekbones, combine to give the expression of a smiling face. This tile, which is the only one of such kind that has been found, does not seem to have been actually used on a roof, but seems rather an experimental product. A relic of the Unified Shilla period, this tile is now preserved at the Kyongju National Museum.

2. White Tiger.
There remain three Koguryo period tombs, called the Big, the Medium and the Small Tomb respectively, in Uhyunri, Pyongnam Province. The White Tiger is a mural painted on an inside wall of the Medium Tomb. The clearness of the colors that remain unchanged today, is attributed to the wall being made of well-trimmed granite. Though at a glance this picture looks like a dragon, a close look reveals that it has neither the horns nor the scales a dragon is supposed to have. This picture, which evokes a sentiment of fantasy, is believed to be the finest of all the White Tiger pictures.