The Peony Pavilion, the full name is”The Peony
Pavilion Revival”, which is known with Legends of Purple hairpin”, “The Bandan Dream”,
“The Nanke Dream” as “Four Dreams of Yuming Hail”, It is one of the most famous
works of Tang Xianzu, a playwright in the Ming Dynasty. It’s a charming love
story between Du Liniang and Liu Mengmei, dreaming due to love, and loving in
the dream. With the art of exquisite beyond compare, and picturesque mood, it
stages a touching “Unfinished Love”.
The stamp issue “Literature and its Characters -
The Peony Pavilion”, with six stamps and one souvenir sheet, designed by the
Famous painter in Macao “Poon Kant Ling”. All the topics are selected from the
classic story of The Peony Pavilion.
Revisit for the Drearn: After encountering Liu
Mengmei in the dream. Du Liniang could not stop thinking constantly of him and
finally decided to revisit the garden alone to seek the trace of dream.
Unfortunately, dreamboat had gone while garden still be there, it seems an untrue
dream, which made Du Liniang wandering and blue.
Sell Portrait and Last Wish: As failed to
re-encounter Liu Mengmei, Du Liniang cried sadly. Her beautiful appearance suffered
an eclipse day by day due to the endless yearning. When felt alone, she drew
herself in front of the mirror with tiffany, and attached poetry: “how modest
you appear once I close to you, while like a fairy when overlook. Who is the
only one I dream of, Oh, It’s always you!” At the point of death, she urged her
mother and Chunxiang to bury her self-portrait under the rockery stone in
garden, and bury herself under the plum tree to re-encounter Liu Mengmei.
Infernal Judgement: Her soul tramped to Hades
after death, and waited for a trial in city of injustice death. The judge Hu didn’t
believe her bizarre death and called in flower immortal for the detail. Finally
found out that her life should continue, therefore the judge makes a sentence
that Du Liniang’s soul returns to earth. With spring immortal and flower
immortal’s help, the soul fled the Hell’s fire and get revival.
Reunion and Achieving the Dream: Liu Mengmei
appreciated a painting in his study room and thrilled with the beauty of woman
in portray. He could not resist and called the beauty. As Du Liniang found that
the calling to her paiming from Liu Mengmei, she felt that this is the destiny,
and intended to spend a wonderful night with the dreamboat, which is her dream.
Resurrection and Marriage Without consent:
According to the death trial, Du Liniang will got revival, so she told Liu Mengmei
the truth. At first he felt astonished and later felt touched by mutual sincere
love. Therefore they decided to get married and followed Liniang’s advice to
open her coffin beneath the palm tree under Taoist nun Shi’s guidance. Finally,
Du Liniang got revival again.
Travel to the Imperial Court and Celebrations of
the Marriage: Liu Mengmei met the father-in-law after he was in the first place
in the imperial examination. Unexpectedly, Du Bao, the father-in-law, did not
admit this secret marriage, which drove the newlyweds to report it to the
Imperial court. Through the grace decree of the Imperial court, gathering ail
of them in the palace, the marriage was approved by Liniang’s parents.
An Amazing Dream in the Garden: The phrase of
The Peony Pavilion is elegant and has endless charm. Just a phrase like
“amazing dream” is indeed a gem and reaches the acme of perfection. This play
tells a story that: Du Liniang amused herself in the backyard garden instigated
by the servant Chun Xiang, and saw all flowers blooming and all birds singing.
The sight stroke the chord in her heart. When return back and fell asleep due
to being exhausted, she saw Liu Mengmei and had a heart-to-heart talk in her
dream, even fell in love with each other with the assist of flower immortal.
While liniang found every happiness had gone when woke up, and there was nobody
to pour out. The Peony Pavilion with six songs combines emotion with scenery,
serving as a foil to moumful feeling in her heart. Also it is the important
reason why this play is always prosperous so far.
Author: Tue Qianqiu
The Souvenir Sheet:
The FDC with Stamps:
The FDC with Souvenir
The Maximum Cards:
The Post Mark:
Valor dos Selos/Stamps Value: stamps of 1.50,
1.50, 2.00, 2.00, 2.50 and 2.50 Patacas
Folha Miniatura com duas
séries/Minisheet with two sets
Valor do Bloco/Souvenir
Sheet Value: 12.00 Patacas
Desenho/Design: Poon Kam
Data emissão/Issue date: 30.11.2012
Security Printing, France