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Cangzhou Iron Lion and Phnom Bakheng Temple Lion
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Stamp Title: Cangzhou Iron Lion and Phnom Bakheng Temple Lion
Serial Number: 2017-28
Value in Set: 2
Denomination: 2.4 yuan
Date of Issue: 2017-11-15
Designer: Yuan Yishan
Size of Stamp: 43×32mm for Layout Ⅰ and 32×43mm for Layout Ⅱ
Perforation: 13.5
Sheet Composition: 16
Printer: Henan Post Printing Factory
Printing Process: Woodblock overprinting

To enhance mutual understanding and friendship between China and Cambodia, China Post and Cambodia Post decided to jointly issue a special stamp featuring the Cangzhou Iron Lion and Phnom Bakheng Temple Lion, which depict the iron lion located in Cangzhou city of north China’s Hebei Province and the lion in Phnom Bakheng Temple of Cambodia, respectively.

With a height of 5.48 meters and a weight of 40 tons, the Cangzhou Iron Lion carries a giant lotus basin and glowers at the sky, ready to roar loudly. As an ancient iron art treasure, it has a history of more than 1,000 years.

In fact, lions are very popular in Cambodia, and stone lions usually appear on temple doors or on both sides of an entrance .

The image of the stone lion on the stamp comes from the Phnom Bakheng Temple, a Hindu temple built in the tenth century.

The temple is in a pyramid shape and has a five-layer platform. It had stone steps leading to the topmost platform and there is a pair of stone lions guarding the platform on each layer.

The stone lions on the stamp are located at the entrance.

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