Title : DEFINITIVE POSTAGE STAMPS (700 won)
Stamp Serial#
1300 
KPC#
304 
MICHEL#
1325 A. 
StanGib#
1385 
Scott#
1270 
Date of Issue
06/15/1983 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
700 won 
Design
Mandarin Duck-Shaped Lid of a Celadon Incense Burner 
Designer
Kim Sung-sil 
Image Area
19mm*22mm 
Perforation
13.5*12.5 
Sheet Composition
10Ąż10 
Paper
White
Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
The Ministry of Communications issues two kinds of new definitive stamps, 80 won and 700 won stamps, to facilitate the convenience of postal users.

The 80 won stamp has as its design an earthen vessel in the shape of a warrior on horseback, and the 700 won stamp a mandarin duck-shaped lid of a celadon incense burner. The 80 won stamp is rimmed so that automatic stamping will be possible.

1. Earthen Vessel in the Shape of a Warrior on Horseback.
One of the two earthen vessels unearthed from Keumryungchong (an ancient tomb in Kyongju) in 1924, this is 23.4mm in height and 29.4mm in length, and is designated as National Treasure No. 91. A relic of the Shilla Period (5th-6th century A.D.), the vessel is possessed by the National Museum of Korea in Seoul. Although the earthenware itself is designed as a vessel, it appears that it was not used for practical purposes, but was one of the objects made for burying with the dead. This vessel is rated as an excellent piece of art for an artifact of the Three Kingdom Period.

2. Mandarin Duck-Shape Lid of Celadon Incense Burner.
Considered to be a rare beauty made in the golden days of celadon porcelain, during the first half of the 12th century, this piece is the lid of an incense burner of celadon porcelain. It is 11. 6mm in height and 10.2mm in diameter at the mouth, and is possessed by the National Museum of Korea in Seoul. The mandarin duck sitting with its head erect straight, whose depiction is based on reality, is an example of composition that expresses in an ingenious way the function and tone characteristics of an artifact. It thus shows the romantic mood and artistic ingenuity of the period of celadon porcelain.