Title : DEFINITIVE POSTAGE STAMP(500 WON)
Stamp Serial#
1840 
KPC#
384 
MICHEL#
1864 
StanGib#
2045 
Scott#
1729 
Date of Issue
11/06/1995 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
500 won 
Design
A celadon water dropper in the shape of a pomegranate 
Designer
Choi Mi 
Image Area
19mm*22mm 
Perforation
13*12 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 100(10*10) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
In 1992, the Ministry of Information and Communication drew up a master plan to phase in new definitive stamps to replace the old ones, which have been in use for a long time, and simultaneously to upgrade the standards of Korean stamps. In accordance with this plan, the 500-won definitive stamp featuring a "brick depicting a mountain relief", which was first issued on July 20, 1983, is now being replaced with the image of a "celadon water dropper in the shape of a pomegranate".

This pomegranate-shaped celadon water dropper was a stationery item made during the Koryo Dynasty. It stands 7.4cm and is 7.9cm in diameter. This attractive piece was an object of art as well as a functional writing accessory. There is a hole, in the shape of a pomegranate flower, through which the vessel can be filled with water. The water is poured out of a spout in the form of a monkey's open mouth. The body is shaped like the monkey which embraces the juicy ripe poemgranate. The monkey is coated with a jade-color glaze with a touch of green. The ripe pomegranate's seeds are represented by dense white dots meticulously decorated using the sanggam inlaid technique (a decoration technique in which designs were first cut into the meral or clay surface, and these incisions were filled with gold, silver of different textures to emphasize and highlight the designs).

The Ministry of Information and Communication has issued this stamp as part of a regular change in definitive-stamp designs to update and enliven the image on Korean postage stamps and to publicize unique and valuable aspects of Korea's cultural heritage.