Friday, 11 October 2013

Stamps with Thermochromic Ink Printing - Update

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Malaysia 2013 Museum and Artifact Sheetlet with Thermochromic printing

Issue date 31 August 2013

To commemorate the 50th Celebrations of the National Museum, Malaysian Post POS Malaysia has issued 2 sheetlet containing Stamps with thermochromic printing. The stamps depict the various Malaysian Museums along with an artifact from the museum

The Stamps features the following Museums (left to right)

Sungai Lembing Museum (Muzium Sungai Lembing), Pahang

Sungai Lembing is a tin mining town in Pahang, Malaysia. The Museum showcases the development of underground Tin Mining at Sungai Lembing with exhibits on the tin mining and safety process, mining dioramas, electrical machinery used in the mining process.

The stamp also features the Kiew Wheel (Roda Kiew) which was part of the equipment to transport the mine workers, goods, wood or iron up and down a pit.

Culture Museum (Muzium Adat), Jelebu district in Negeri Sembilan

The Museum of Culture opened on 2 February 2008 showcases the several aspects of Malaysian Culture . The Museum is located at Kuala Klawang, 30km from the city of Seremban.

Long Keris (Keris Panjang) or Jagged knife featured on the stamp are long sharp knives with jagged edges having wood handles with floral decorations. Some of the wooden handles have the shaped of Horse footprints or heads of birds.

National Textile Museum (Muzium Tekstil Negara), Kuala Lumpur 

A specialized museum which exhibits Malaysia's Textile Heritage. Handicrafts of multi-ethnic society such as Malay, Chinese, Indian, Aboriginal Native of Sabah and Sarawak are on display at this Museum. It is located a Mughal-Islamic architecture style building built in 1905 and has been open to the public since 09 January 2010.

The Stamp also features a silk and gold limar songket sarung which was in possession of the royal family of Terengganu 1800.

Chimney Historical Museum (Muzium Chimney), Labuan

The Chimney Historical Museum is located in the mining site of Tanjung Kubong also known as Coal Point (during British Rule) and displays exhibits relating to the coal mining history of  Tanjung Kubong through the years from 1847 to 1911.

Located nearby is the Chimney Tower in Labuan also known locally as 'Punil'. The function of the Chimney tower is still not known as it was originally thought to be built for ventilation of underground tunnels but excavation work revealed there were no tunnel structure underneath the chimney. Also the chimney had no combustion marks on the inner walls so its function as a chimney is also a mystery. Another line of thought was that the Chimney was built as a lighthouse as it was positioned at a high ground for the harbor at Lubuk Temiang. Local stories also mention it as a bell tower to inform about the arrival of ships. 

Perak Museum (Muzium Perak), Taiping town, Perak

Built in 1883 by Sir Hugh Low, a British resident in Perak, as a research center for the customs and culture of the local community. The Museum houses a diverse collection of zoological and herbarium specimens of Malay and Aboriginal communities ethnological material. 

The Elephant Skull (Tengkorak Gajah) featured on the stamp is a specimen from the museum of an Asian Elephant. The skull features an air passage which allows the Elephant's head to be lighter than its body. Elephants in Malaysia were used for people and tin transportation and for heavy lifting cannons and railway construction materials.

National Museum (Muzium Negara), Kuala Lumpur

The National Museum was constructed on the site of the old Selangor Museum and opened on 30 August 1963. The design of the National Museum reflects the aesthetic elements and engravings found on traditional Malay Palace. The building is supported by 26 columns with 13 columns in the east wing and 13 columns in the west wing reflecting the 13 states from Malaysia.

The Dongson bronze bell (Loceng Dongson) from the National Museum was found by a villager Kampung Pencu, near Muar, Johor. Based on the thermo luminescence dating of the bronze bell from Muar, it is believed that they have been produced around Roman Empire period (150 CE)

Bujang Valley Musuem ( Muzium Lembah Bujang), Kedah

Malaysia's first archeological themed Museum which houses artifacts from pre-Islamic period from 2 Century B.C. to 14 Century B.C.  when Bujang was a major tradimg post in South East Asia. The Museum was opened on 23 January 1980.

The Sungai Emas or Prasasti Buddha-Gupta inscription stone featured on the stamp is one of the artifacts of the museum. It was discovered during the excavation of a paddy field irrigation system during 1979-1980 period near the historical Kampung Sungai Emas, Site 32, Kota Kuala Muda, Kedah. This inscription dates back to the 5th or 6th Century A.D. based on the writing style used.

Perdana Gallery (Galleria Perdana), Langkawi, Kedah

Perdana Gallery is a museum showcasing exquisite gifts and souvenirs received by the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr.Mahathir bin Mohamad and his wife from all over the world. It showcases the various awards, souvenirs and gifts received from World Leaders, Statesmen as well as Malaysians during his tenure. The exhibits include gifts made of wood, leather, crystal, silver, copper, brass, pewter and lacquer, musical instruments and stone objects. There is a section on textiles, games, weaponry, ceramics, plaques and Islamic art. There is also an array of automobiles.

The stamp features a 17 meter Merbau/Cengal Wooden Ark received as a gift from Datuk Nik Sapiea Nik Yusof, NS Bahtera Sdn. Bhd, Kelantan, Malaysia.

Kota Kayang Museum (Muzium Kota Kayang), Perlis

The Kota Kayang Museum, located at Kuala Perlis, was built to commemorate the reign established in Kota Kayang once known as 'City of Indera Kayangan' where the word 'kayang' refers to the city as heavenly. The Museum is divided into 6 galleries - Gallery History, Archaeological gallery, Guns gallery, Cultural gallery, Great Ministers gallery and the Royal gallery.

The stamp features a type of currency mold (Acuan Pitis) which was found in Sungai Perlis. It was believed to be used during the reign of Sultan Dhiauddin (the 15th Sultan of Kedah) around 1661 to 1687. This artifact is one of the historical evidence of the existence of Kota Kayang trade system at that time.

Museum of Labuan (Muzium Labuan), Labuan

The Museum of Labuan exhibits, preserve and disperse the knowledge of the historical and cultural heritage of the Federal Territories of Labuan. The focal points of the Museum are the people migration history, prominent individuals as well as the theme and cultural artifacts through the concept of harmony in a multi-racial society.

The Brass Teapot (Teko Tembaga) artifact featured on the stamp was part of the large number of brassware used by people of Borneo which originated from China. These brass wares were obtained through migration, trades and barter activities in the past. The brasswares are embossed with decorative motifs of  dragon, cow, deer, flower and a repetitive geometric pattern known as 'key-fret'.

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