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Stamp Title: Magpies
Serial Number: 2017-21
Value in Set: 1
Denomination: 1.2 yuan
Date of Issue: 2017-08-28
Designer: Gong Wenzhen
Size of Stamp: 40×30mm
Perforation: 13
Sheet Composition: 20 for Layout Ⅰ and 8 for Layout Ⅱ
Printer: Henan Post Printing Factory
Printing Process: Woodblock overprinting

As an auspicious symbol, magpies were depicted in many idiomssuch as amagpie settles on a branch — a good omen.

This set of stamps continuesthe love theme that began with amandarin duck and red-billed leiothrix, delicately depicting the beautiful scene with the meticulous traditional Chinese painting method.

One magpie speaks to another thatlistens carefully in plum shoots, sendingmessages with their eyes and looking to be very happy. They accompany each other in their habitat, spending time together inconjugal love. With a classical and warm tone, the background looks elegant without being showy, illustrating a quiet happiness.

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