"Buffon Teu", a prominent character for Vietnamese water puppetry with merry, arch smiles in festival atmosphere.
"Fairy", a young, joyful magic character doting on dance together with lithe & lissom phoenix.
Puppetry is a stage art. Vietnamese puppetry comprises 2 kinds: Puppet & Water puppet.
Vietnamese water puppetry is an age-old typical and traditional art, closely bound to rural culture and agricultural civilisation of rice planting of Vietnamese peasants. Choosing village festival as cultural atmosphere, pond as a stage, puppets as characters, the puppeteers manipulate puppets for their performance.
Water puppetry shows lively activities in both space & time of festivals such as worshipping, palanquin-proceeding, swinging, buffalo-fighting, wrestling, fairy-dancing,...or of daily life as transplanting, ploughing, bufallo-tending, duck-tending, paddy-husking, rice-pounding, fishing,...
In natural 4-season cycle (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) of agricultural production, once at leisure when Vietnamese farmers did invent wooden-puppets of sophisticated carvings & colourful paint and floating them on the pond for entertainment.
Water puppet stage is a village pond (including water communual house serving to hide puppeteers' know-how and the surface of water in front of it as the stage of performance). Spectators stand, sit at the water's edge except water communual house (due to secret principles on puppetry of folk puppet guilds). The puppeteers have to stand waist-deep in the water to manipulate the puppets. The water must be muddy to hide puppeteer' strings, sticks, rods,....
In the past, water puppetry was the spirit of Vietnamese agricultural culture, popular in every corner of the countryside with locally traditional performance style. Nowadays, Vietnamese water puppetry which has still remained & developed in many localities is fond of by audience at home and abroad thanks to puppeteers' skillful hands that manipulate puppets up & down as if dancing on the magic water stage as fanciful, glisten fairy world created by the reflection & flexibility of the water.
Department General of Posts & Telecommunications (DGPT) issues the stampset "Vietnamese Water Puppet" with 6 values showing a Vietnamese typical and traditional art - through colourful & lively puppets on the water stage, activities in both festivals & daily life of Vietnamese people seem to reappear before the audience.
"Ploughing man", presenting farm- work on the field in Vietnamese country.
"Female peasant", representing for laborously country women.
"Drummer" with his band performing high-faluting sound in festivals to relieve people's hardship on their working days.
"Fishing man" - Fishing is an ordinary work but making the relaxation, providing nutrition for farmers' meal to strengthen their health and continue their routine at the dawn.
Designer : Mrs. Vu Kim Lien (COTEVINA)
Stamp size : 37 x 37 (mm)
Perforation : 13
Sheet composition : 20 stamps
FDC : 2 cover
FDC size : 170 x 110 (mm)
Printing process : offset
Colour : multi-coloured
Paper : gummed paper
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