Jomon's Venus, National Treasure


IssueJomon's Venus, National Treasure
Date of Issue1 April 1 1998 (Heisei 10)
Denomination80 yen
Quantity7,500,000 copies
DesignJomon's Venus, a figurine of
the Jomon period
(ca 10,000 BC-ca 300 BC),
National Treasure
Image Area22.5 x 33.0 mm, vertical
PrintingPhotogravure in 5 colours
Sheet20 stamps (4 x 5)
DesignerShinohara Kikuemon
Sold atPost offices in Shin'etsu and
the post offices (1) & (2)
on the menu page
First Day of
Issue Postmark
Chino Post Office
Catalog No.R239

Jomon's Venus, National Treasure, Pane

IssueJomon's Venus, National Treasure, Pane
Price\800 (\80 x 10)
Quantity360,000 panes
Pane Size51.0 x 190.0 mm, vertical
Pane10 stamps (2 x 5)
Catalog No.R239P

Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalog (JSCA) and SAKURA Catalog numbers are adopted.

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(Small Notes for the Issue)

R239: "Jomon's Venus" is one of the clay images made during the Jomon period (ca 10000 BC - ca 300 BC). The word "jomon" literally means "rope-pattern" that the clay pots of the period can be distinguished by the "rope-pattern" on their surface. Most of the Jomon figurines represent human females and may symbolize pregnancy or fertility. This particular one was found in Chino in 1986 and became a National Treasure in 1995. The stamp depicts the figurine and the Yatsugatake mountains.