COUNTRY: Mongolia
VALUE: 20 tugrik

This stamp forms part of a set of seven issued by Mongolia in 2001 to celebrate the traditional Tsam Hindo-Buddhist masked dance. This is the third set of Mongolian stamps featuring Tsam masks, the others being issued in 1984 and 1991.  This stamp depicts Selmechi (also known as Ditokdshad), the “holder of the knives” who serve Jamsran, the Mongolian god of war. They usually appear in a group of eight, and wield swords and daggers.