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2002-1, Scott 3161-2 Year of Horse (2002 Ren-Wu Year)
Victory upon Arrival by the Horse
(2-1), Victory upon Arrival by the Horse, 80 fen, 26*31 mm
Big Fortune in Ren-Wu Year
(2-2), Big Fortune in Ren-Wu Year, 280 fen, 26*31 mm
Year of Horse (2002 Ren-Wu Year)
(1-1), Year of Horse (2002 Ren-Wu Year), 2160 fen, 76 * 120 mm
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Scott No: 3161-2
Serial number:2002-1
Values in set: 2
Denomination: 3.60 yuan
Date of issue:5th January 2002
Designer: Wang Huming
Size of stamps: 26*31 mm
Perforation:12
Sheet composition: 32 for Sheet I, 9 for Sheet II
Printing process: engraving-gravure
Printer: Beijing Postage Stamp Printing House

Themes: Culture, New year,
Background
According to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2002 is the year of horse. Horses have been in close relations with mankind. It is verified that the domestication of horse is one of the marks of social productivity development, first occurred in the Patriarchal Period. Having a special affection to horse, the Chinese people regard them not only as an advantageous means of production and transportation, but also a symbol of spirit, emotion and talent. Such affection developed into an extensive and profound horse culture, which has infiltrated inton Chinese characters, fine arts, music and so on. The phrase "victory upon arrival by horse" is used even today as good wish to one's career and praise for success, and "spirit of dragon and horse" is praise for one's great vigor.
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