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WB Yeats and the Noh Tradition ‘W’ Rate Stamp




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On February 9, An Post issued a stamp to mark a celebration of Yeats' artistic adventure. Acclaimed as one of Ireland’s greatest-ever poets, Yeats was a busy writer not just of poetry but in other genres too. As a dramatist he explored the world of theatre and found himself to be highly influenced by the mysterious elegance and beauty of the art of the Japanese Noh Theatre. He thought it might help him reach the ‘strange intimacy’ he sought in his plays as opposed to the familiar distance he saw in the productions in England and at the Abbey Theatre at the time. The stamp’s designers, Zinc Design Consultants, used gold foil in the golden wings and mask to illustrate the Japanese oriental design culture. The red circle represents the sun, a symbol that is very significant in Japanese culture (it’s on the Japanese Flag, for example). The stamp also bears W.B. Yeats’ signature which depicts the Irish connection. Technical Details Date of Issue: February 9, 2017 Value & Quantities: W (94k) 2 x W Miniature sheet (25k) Design Zinc Design Consultants Stamp Size: 30mm x 51mm Miniature Sheet Size: 150mm x 68mm Colour: Black, Metallic gold (PMS 873) Red (PMS 186) and additional (PMS 291) on Miniature Sheet Paper: Stamp Tullis Russell 102gsm PVA gummed Paper: Miniature Sheet Tullis Russell Yellow Green Phosphor gummed Make-up: Sheetlets of 16 Perforations: 13.3 x 13.3 Printing Process: Lithography Printer: Cartor Security Printing

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