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Thank you very much, Roger, for extra information! :)


Greek Mythology Stamps - Aphrodite of Soli

Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, is usually said to have been born near her chief center of worship, Paphos, on the island of Cyprus, which is why she is sometimes called "Cyprian", especially in the poetic works of Sappho.

Here is a group of Cypriots stamps shows the 1st century statue of Aphrodite, discovered in Soli, an ancient Greek city in the island of Cyprus, located southwest of Morphou. The statue is exhibited in the Cyprus museum, Nicosia:

Aphrodite of Soli, Issued on November 21, 1966:

Cyprus 1966 Aphrodite of Soli.jpg

Aphrodite of Soli on the background of Petra tou Romiou ("The rock of the Greek"), Aphrodite's legendary birthplace in Paphos, Cyprus, issued on March 12, 1979:

Cyprus 1979 Aphrodite of Soli.jpg

Aphrodite of Soli, SS issued on March 30, 2000 to publicize the Miss Universe pageant held in Nicosia, Cyprus:

Cyprus 2000 Aphrodite of Soli.jpg

Cyprus 2000 Aphrodite of Soli SS.jpg

Aphrodite of Soli, issued on October 22, 2002 to publicize the International Stamp Exhibition "CYPRUS-EUROPHILEX '02":

Cyprus 2002 Aphrodite of Soli.jpg

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Greek Mythology Stamps - Delphin

Delphin was a dolphin in the service of the god Poseidon (Roman: Neptune),god of the sea, storms, earthquakes and horses. When his master was wooing Amphitrite and she fled, Delphin went in search of the nymph and persuaded her to agree to the marriage.

Delphin, issued by Greece on September 20, 1951 to publicize the Marshall Plan:

Greece 1951 Marshall Plan 2.jpg

The Triumph of Neptune and Amphitrite, by Nicolas Pousin (1594-1665), issued by Burundi on October 12, 1967:
The story: Amphitrite fled from Neptune's wooing, but he sent dolphins after her which succeeded in persuading her to return to become his bride. She rides beside his chariot on a dolphin's back, an arch of drapery billows over her head, a common feature of sea-goddesses from antiquity. They are surrounded by a retinue of Tritons (the name for mermen in general) and Nereids (sea-nymphs, the daughters of Nereus, the 'old man of the sea' in Greek mythology).

Burundi 1967 Neptune.jpg

For his service, Poseidon placed Delphin amongst the stars as the Constellation Delphinus (the Latin word for Delphin).

Constellation Delphinus, issued by Japan on July 7, 2011:

Japan 2011 Delphinus.jpg

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Hindu Mythology

In an earlier post in this thread, I requested information about an Indonesia issue, Traditional Bali Paintings ( sc# 1121-23) issued on May 2, 1981.
I was able to get information on sc# 1123 and is given below.

The image shows Garuda attacked by the Gods of Directions.

In the Adiparwa, the Hindu story of creation, Garuda stole the water of immortality (amrita) from the gods, to rescue his mother from bondage. For this, the gods attacked him, but he escaped. Normally, Garuda is usually shown holding a flask of amrita, but this detail has been omitted here.

Source: Balinese Traditional Paintings, Published by The Australian Museum, Sydney 1978
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Japanese Mythology - Paintings by Ogata Kōrin

Ogata Kōrin (1658 – 1716) was a Japanese painter, lacquerer and designer of the Rinpa school, is one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting, created in the 17th century. Among his paintings, several figures from the Japanese Mythology as depicted on the following stamps:

Wind God and Thunder God, issued by Japan on April 20, 2018:

Japan Korin a.jpg

Korin.jpg

Part of the painting appears on a stamp issued by Paraguay on November 26, 1970 to publicize the World's Fair, Osaka, Japan:

Paraguay Korin a.jpg

The Immortal Qin Qao riding a Carp, issued by the USSR on April 10, 1959 to commemorate 300 years birth of Ogata Kōrin:

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Greek and Roman Mythology Stamps - Medusa

In Greek mythology, Medusa, also called Gorgo, was one of the three monstrous Gorgons, generally described as winged human females with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Those who gazed into her eyes would turn to stone.

The Medusa's head central to a mosaic floor in a tepidarium of the Roman era. Museum of Sousse, Tunisia, designed by Hatem El Mekki and issued by Tunisia on February 16, 1976:

Tunisia 1976 Mosaics 4.jpg

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Issued in a set shows old Roman mosaics from Tunisia:

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Eli wrote:In Greek mythology, Medusa, also called Gorgo, was one of the three monstrous Gorgons...
I would like to make a comment about Gorgo/Gorgon:
Ancient Greek Γοργώ (Gorgṓ), from γοργός (gorgós, “terrible”)
https://www.etymonline.com/word/gorgon
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Third declension of Classical Greek nouns
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Classical Greek names, such as Gorgo and Plato and Hero, were declined according to the part of speech
in which they occurred in any given sentence. The third declension typically has them without inflection
in the vocative singular (such as when they are being addressed by name: "O Gorgo, what will you do now?")
But in the accusative singular, typically they add -n (such as: "He struck the Gorgon").

So the endings -o and -on do not distinguish different names, they simply indicate parts of speech.
Hence Plato is associated in geometry with Platonic solids. Heron of Alexandria, also called Hero of Alexandria, was not notably heroic, but was concerned mathematically with Heron triangles...

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Ancient_Greek_third_declension

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Thank you very much, roger, for the extra information you added! very well written :)

An art set of seven stamps and SS show paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, was issued by Hungary on June 2, 1970. Five of the stamps and the SS depicting scenes from Greek mythology and I think I posted them all with descriptions in different posts of this thread. Here is the complete set:

Samson and Dalilah, by Michele Rocca (1671-died after 1751):

Hungary 1970 Budapest Gallery 1a.jpg

Joseph in Prison Interpreting Dreams, by Giovanni Battista Langetti (1625–1676):

Hungary 1970 Budapest Gallery 2a.jpg

Klio, by Pierre Mignard (1612-1695):

Hungary 1970 Budapest Gallery 3a.jpg

Venus and Satyr, by Sebastiano Ricci (1659-1734):

Hungary 1970 Budapest Gallery 4a.jpg

Andromeda, by Francesco Furini ( (ca 1600-1646):

Hungary 1970 Budapest Gallery 5a.jpg

Venus, Adonis and Amor, by Luca Giordano (1634-1705):

Hungary 1970 Budapest Gallery 6a.jpg

Allegorical Feast, by Corrado Giaquinto (1703-1766):

Hungary 1970 Budapest Gallery 7a.jpg

Diana and Calisto, by Abraham Janssens (1575–1632):

Hungary 1970 Budapest Gallery SSa.jpg

Back of a cover sent from Budapest (no front :cry: ):

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These two stamps, issued by Paraguay on October 18, 1985, show details from "Venus at the Forge of Vulcan" painting by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. The Complete painting shows Venus at the forge of Vulcan, her husband, while a Satyr trying to seduce her:

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Greek Mythology Stamps - Ionian Islands Coat of Arms

Many coat of arms designs of the Greek Islands are based on Greek mythology characters or events. This set, issued by Greece on July 20, 1964 to commemorate Centenary of the Ionian Islands, shows the coat of arms of the seven principal islands:

Paxos Island Coat of Arms – Poseidon trident: In Greek mythology, Poseidon created the island by striking Corfu with his trident, so that he and his wife Amphitrite could have some peace and quiet.

Greece 1964 Ionian Islands 1.jpg

Kythira Island Coat of Arms – The Birth of Aphrodite: Kythera is known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. According to legend, she was born from the seed of Uranus, the God of Heaven, when his genitals fell into the sea after they were cut off by his son Cronus. Aphrodite rose from the foam of the sea in the area of Palaiopolis.

Greece 1964 Ionian Islands 2.jpg

Ithaca Island Coat of Arms – Odysseus: Modern Ithaca is generally identified with Homer's Ithaca, the home of Odysseus, whose delayed return to the island is the plot of the classical Greek tale the Odyssey.

Greece 1964 Ionian Islands 3.jpg

Zakynthos Island Coat of Arms – Zakynthos: The Greek poet Homer mentioned Zakynthos in the Iliad and the Odyssey, stating that its first inhabitants were the son of King Dardanos of Arcadia, called Zakynthos, and his men.

Greece 1964 Ionian Islands 5.jpg

Cephalonia Island Coat of Arms – Cephalus: In Greek mythology, Cephalus is an Aeolian prince, the son of Deion, ruler of Phocis, and Diomede, and grandson of Aeolus. He was one of the lovers of the dawn goddess Eos. Cephalus helped Amphitryon of Mycenae in a war against the Taphians and Teleboans. He was awarded with the island of Samos, which thereafter came to be known as Cephallenia.

Greece 1964 Ionian Islands 6.jpg

Corfu Island Coat of Arms – War Ship: Ancient Korkyra took part in the Battle of Sybota which was a catalyst for the Peloponnesian War, and, according to Thucydides, the largest naval battle between Greek city states until that time. Thucydides also reports that Korkyra was one of the three great naval powers of fifth century BC Greece, along with Athens and Corinth.

Greece 1964 Ionian Islands 7.jpg

Seventh stamp shows Lefkada (Leukas) Coat of Arms depicting St. George:

Greece 1964 Ionian Islands 4.jpg

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Greek Mythology Stamps - Iphigenia

In Greek mythology, Iphigenia was a daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra, and thus a princess of Mycenae. In the story, Agamemnon offends the goddess Artemis on his way to the Trojan War by accidentally killing one of her sacred deer. She retaliates by preventing the Greek troops from reaching Troy unless Agamemnon kills his eldest daughter, Iphigenia, at Aulis as a human sacrifice. In some versions, Iphigenia dies at Aulis, but in others, Artemis rescues her. In the version where she is saved, she goes to the Taurians and meets her brother Orestes.

Iphigenia, by the German painter Anselm Feuerbach (1829-1880), Issued by Germany (West) on January 10, 1980 to commemorate centenary death of Anselm:

Germany 1980 Iphigenia.jpg

Germany 1980 Iphigenia MC.jpg

Cimon and Iphigenia:
Cymon (Galesus) was a very rich and noble gentleman in Cyprus, but it was very easy to read. His father lost his hope to a man of his life and to his country to spare him from embarrassment. One day he saw a sleeping beauty. This view had an unbelievable impact on his life. He immediately decided to become the most distinguished man ever. When he woks up with Iphigenia, they are parted. He returned home and asked for another opportunity from his father. In the next four years, he is well-mannered, noble, smart, well-educated in all areas, skillful in all fighting skills and true pride of his family.

In the meantime, Iphigenia's father arranged with Pasimondas, a nobleman from Rhodos. Cymon decided to kidnap Iphigenia and he really intercepted the ship with her. Unfortunately, a storm forced to the coast of Rhodos, where his crew is thrown in jail. Pasimondas immediately started preparing for the wedding. Ormisdas marries too. His brother's wife should be Cassandra, but Lysimachus, another powerful man in Rhodos was already in love with her. So Lysimachus helped Cymon and his men to break out of prison, they kidnapped Iphigenia and Cassandra and killed Pasimondas and Ormisdas by the way. They left Rhodos together and lived happily ever after.


Cymon and Iphigenia, painting by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) on two stamps issued by Paraguay on October 18, 1985 and by Bhutan* on February 20, 1991. Each stamp shows different detail of the painting:

Paraguay 1985 Cimon and Iphigenia.jpg

Bhutan 1991 Cimon and Iphigenia.jpg

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*The description on the stamp of Bhutan is not correct

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Venus (Aphrodite), goddess of Love and Beauty, in different Art Paintings

“Venus in front of the Mirror”, by Diego Velázquez[a] (1599 – 1660), issued by Guyana on August 1, 1990:

Guyana 1990 Venus Velasquez.jpg

“Venus in front of the Mirror”, by Johann Liss (c. 1590 or 1597 - 1629 or 1630), issued by Equatorial Guinea on August 10, 1975:

Equatorial Guinea 1973 Venus Liss a.jpg

In the following stamp, issued by Paraguay on October 8, 1973, the description is "Venus and Mars" (Detail), by Giovanni Battista Pittoni (1687-1767) but I can't find it on the net and can't confirm it. Appreciate any help:

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Eli, I found this image at
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q18573895#/media/File:Mars_et_ ... 573895.jpg
It's not the same as the work reproduced (detail) on the Paraguay stamp, but
presumably Pittoni made more than one painting on the subject, perhaps a small
series of studies around the same time, leading up to the work now in the Louvre.

.<br />Giambattista [Giovanni Battista] Pittoni (1720)<br />Mars et Vénus — Mars and Venus<br />Oil on canvas, height 62cm.  Louvre Museum
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Giambattista [Giovanni Battista] Pittoni (1720)
Mars et Vénus — Mars and Venus
Oil on canvas, height 62cm. Louvre Museum
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Giambattista Pittoni or Giovanni Battista Pittoni (6 June 1687 – 6 November 1767) was a Venetian painter of the late Baroque or Rococo period. He was among the founders of the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, of which in 1758 he became the second president, succeeding Tiepolo.
https://www.wikiart.org/en/giambattista-pittoni
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Thank you very much, Roger! I googled Pittoni paintings and have seen many of them but not the particular one depicted on the above Paraguay's stamp. From time to time I see wrong descriptions on stamps from countries that issued a lot of stamps like Paraguay (see the above Bhutan stamp with a wrong description in the post about Iphigenia) and I want to be sure before I write my description.

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Car of History, statue by Carlo Franzoni (1789-1819) shows Clio, the Greek muse of history, National Statuary Hall, US Capitol, designed by Howard Koslow and issued by the USA on April 14, 1989 to commemorate USA Bicentennial:

USA 1989 Bicentenial 1 Clio.jpg

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Issued as part of this beautiful set:

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Hindo Mythology Stamps - Different Versions of the Ramayana Epic

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), established in 1967, is a geo-political and economic organisation of ten countries located in Southeast Asia.

On January 25, 2018, India issued a sheet of 11 stamps to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership. In general, the stamps depicting the linkage between the culture and religion of each one of the countries and India. Most of the stamps show different versions of the great Hindu epic - the Ramayana. Here they are:


Myanmar - Lord Rama and his wife Sita in the Burmese version of the Ramayana called Yama Zatdaw:

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I found that the design representing Myanmar on the above Indian stamp is based on a theatrical performance of the Mon dance:

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Hermes, Symbol of the Post

Hermes (Mercury), the messenger of gods, became the symbol of many postal authorities and appears on many stamps about the post, especially on stamps issued to publicize UPU anniversaries.

On October 10, 1949, an omnibus sets with similar design were issued for British territories and colonies to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UPU. Each set contains four stamps in which Hermes appears on two of them. Here are the Hermes stamps issued for use in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands:

Gilbert and Ellice 1949 UPU 1.jpg

Gilbert and Ellice 1949 UPU 3.jpg

The complete set:

Gilbert and Ellice 1949 UPU a.jpg

The stamps are engraved but I can't find the engraver/s names:

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Eli It's always a pleasure to read your comments on this thread

Both in terms of the choice of stamps you present and the quality of your observations. Your knowledge on many such interesting subjects is impressive.
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Hi Eli !!! Good work. Wonderful scans.
I just finished Venus - Hermes - and also Mars in my web site.
Here is the link to the olympic gods:
https://dubi-yakubovitz.wixsite.com/itzik/copy-of-category
Spread the news and enjoy.

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Congratulations yakub99 — your website is excellent! The images are sharp and bright,
the text is well written and in a clean, clear font, and the organisation of the material
is strongly conceptualised. A "thumbs up" for your work in progress.

Please do post a relevant comment and link, from time to time, here on Stampboards
so we are reminded to visit your website, and other new readers are introduced to it.
I'm confident that Eli will endorse this connection... ;)

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Thank you very much RogerE for your enticing and endearing words.
Still have a lot of work to finish the site, and then to update it regularly.
As you can see in this link, I'm still far away from the final destination.
https://dubi-yakubovitz.wixsite.com/itzik

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Hi yakub99
I visited your site thanks to the link you just mentioned
It's high quality and a real pleasure
Your work is really fabulous on the other hand it is a pleasure to watch
Congratulations !!
yakub99 wrote:
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Hi Eli !!! Good work. Wonderful scans.
I just finished Venus - Hermes - and also Mars in my web site.
Here is the link to the olympic gods:
https://dubi-yakubovitz.wixsite.com/itzik/copy-of-category
Spread the news and enjoy.
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Thank you very much , Clapas , for your kind words.
Happy to hear you like it.
I still remember my visit to musee fabre in Montpellier to see the magnificent "Alcibiades Being Taught by Socrates".

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Thank you for your message
I am delighted that you were able to visit this magnificent museum (which is not worth the one in the Louvre but which is very beautiful and pleasant to visit)
I particularly appreciate the paintings of the too young deceased Frederic Bazille who painted the painting below a few kilometers from my home
You can also visit the Museum virtually by clicking on the link below
The Fabre museum teams designed the "Fabre dans mon couch" site with all the virtual visitors who cannot travel to Montpellier in mind.

https://fabre.montpellier3m.fr/

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Thank you. It is really a wonderful site to wander around in the museum.

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Hello Yitzhak = yakub99. That home page link nicely introduces
and defines your project. Pleasant to see a photo-portrait of you,
personalising the site. I particularly enjoy the drifting fog in the
mountain scenery backing the links to the sections of your display. :D
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Thank you very much RogerE for your enticing and endearing words.
Still have a lot of work to finish the site, and then to update it regularly.
As you can see in this link, I'm still far away from the final destination.
https://dubi-yakubovitz.wixsite.com/itzik
Nice that clapas joins in here, too :D

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Hindu Mythology - Nataraja

Nataraja is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the divine dancer. His dance is called Tandavam or Nadanta, depending on the context of the dance. It typically shows Shiva dancing in one of the Natya Shastra (performing art) poses, holding Agni (fire) in his left back hand, the front hand in gajahasta (elephant hand) or dandahasta (stick hand) mudra (hand movement), the front right hand with a wrapped snake that is in abhaya (fear not) mudra while pointing to a Sutra text, and the back hand holding a musical instrument, usually a damaru (two-headed drum). His body, fingers, ankles, neck, face, head, ear lobes and dress are shown decorated with symbolic items, which vary with historic period and region.He is surrounded by a ring of flames, standing on a lotus pedestal, lifting his left leg (or in rare cases, the right leg) and balancing / trampling upon a demon shown as a dwarf (Apasmara or Muyalaka) who symbolizes ignorance. The dynamism of the energetic dance is depicted with the whirling hair which spread out in thin strands as a fan behind his head. (Source: Wikipedia)

Here are few stamps with on Nataraja.

India

August 15, 1949
india1949 - Edited.jpg

August 15, 1977
india1977.jpg
July 27, 1978

The catchet shows Nataraja
India 1978.jpg
June 19, 2003

A single stamp from miniature sheet.
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The minature sheet. The margin depicts Goddess Durga and God Brahma
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August 26, 2016

The single stamp from miniature sheet.
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The miniature sheet.
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January 23, 1959
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April 14, 2014

Single stamp from a set of 2.
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Hindu Mythology - Nataraja

Here is one more stamp from a set of two on Natraja, issued by Suriname on June 21, 1967
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Hindu Mythology - Nataraja



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September 4, 2014: My own stamp "Tribute to Hinduism"
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Hindu Mythology _ Ramayana

Cambodia issued a set of 4 stamps and one miniature sheet on September 28, 2020 on the theme " Scenes from Reamker Epic". The values are 2000R, 2500R, 3000R, 4000R and 4500R
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Thanks, sksondhi1, for the nice selection of Nataraja and for the very good news from Cambodia. Will have to add them to my Ramayana collection.


Roman Mythology
Romulus and Remus - The Founders of Rome


Romulus and Remus are the traditional founders of Rome. They were sons of Rhea Silvia and Mars, god of war. Numitor, King of Alba Longa, was dethroned by his brother Amulius. Rhea Silvia, daughter of Numitor, was forced by Amulius to be a priestess and remains virgin. But Mars made love with her and they bored the twin Romulus and Remus. Amulius ordered to kill them, but instead the servant put them on the Tiber bank. They were kept safe by river god, Tiberius, which brought them to Palatine Hill. There they were nursed by a wolf and later, discovered by the shepherd Faustulus who raised them. When the twins grew up, they returned to Alba, killed Amulius and founded Rome on the Palatine Hill.

The Capitoline wolf (Lupa Capitolina) suckles the infant twins Romulus and Remus, Bronze statue, Museum in Campidoglo (Palatine Hill), Italy.
Traditional scholarship says the wolf-figure is Etruscan, 5th century BC. The figures of Romulus and Remus were added in the 15th century AD by Antonio Pollaiuolo. Recent studies suggest that the she-wolf may be a medieval sculpture dating from the 13th century AD. The work's attribution attests to the enduring nature of the myth. Here are several stamps and a banknote show the Lupa:

Summer Olympic Games, Rome, Italy, issued by Hungary on August 21, 1960:

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Testimonies of the Ancient, issued by Madagascar in 1994:

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Banknote issued by Romania in 1920:

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Eli wrote:
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Thanks, sksondhi1, for the nice selection of Nataraja and for the very good news from Cambodia. Will have to add them to my Ramayana collection.


Roman Mythology
Romulus and Remus - The Founders of Rome


Romulus and Remus are the traditional founders of Rome. They were sons of Rhea Silvia and Mars, god of war. Numitor, King of Alba Longa, was dethroned by his brother Amulius. Rhea Silvia, daughter of Numitor, was forced by Amulius to be a priestess and remains virgin. But Mars made love with her and they bored the twin Romulus and Remus. Amulius ordered to kill them, but instead the servant put them on the Tiber bank. They were kept safe by river god, Tiberius, which brought them to Palatine Hill. There they were nursed by a wolf and later, discovered by the shepherd Faustulus who raised them. When the twins grew up, they returned to Alba, killed Amulius and founded Rome on the Palatine Hill.

The Capitoline wolf (Lupa Capitolina) suckles the infant twins Romulus and Remus, Bronze statue, Museum in Campidoglo (Palatine Hill), Italy.
Traditional scholarship says the wolf-figure is Etruscan, 5th century BC. The figures of Romulus and Remus were added in the 15th century AD by Antonio Pollaiuolo. Recent studies suggest that the she-wolf may be a medieval sculpture dating from the 13th century AD. The work's attribution attests to the enduring nature of the myth. Here are several stamps and a banknote show the Lupa:

Summer Olympic Games, Rome, Italy, issued by Hungary on August 21, 1960:

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Testimonies of the Ancient, issued by Madagascar in 1994:

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Banknote issued by Romania in 1920:

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Hi Eli,
You are welcome. I am also looking for the Cambodia set. Let me know the source, when you get one.

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Thanks, sksondhi1, for the nice selection of Nataraja and for the very good news from Cambodia. Will have to add them to my Ramayana collection.


Roman Mythology
Romulus and Remus - The Founders of Rome


Romulus and Remus are the traditional founders of Rome. They were sons of Rhea Silvia and Mars, god of war. Numitor, King of Alba Longa, was dethroned by his brother Amulius. Rhea Silvia, daughter of Numitor, was forced by Amulius to be a priestess and remains virgin. But Mars made love with her and they bored the twin Romulus and Remus. Amulius ordered to kill them, but instead the servant put them on the Tiber bank. They were kept safe by river god, Tiberius, which brought them to Palatine Hill. There they were nursed by a wolf and later, discovered by the shepherd Faustulus who raised them. When the twins grew up, they returned to Alba, killed Amulius and founded Rome on the Palatine Hill.

The Capitoline wolf (Lupa Capitolina) suckles the infant twins Romulus and Remus, Bronze statue, Museum in Campidoglo (Palatine Hill), Italy.
Traditional scholarship says the wolf-figure is Etruscan, 5th century BC. The figures of Romulus and Remus were added in the 15th century AD by Antonio Pollaiuolo. Recent studies suggest that the she-wolf may be a medieval sculpture dating from the 13th century AD. The work's attribution attests to the enduring nature of the myth. Here are several stamps and a banknote show the Lupa:

Summer Olympic Games, Rome, Italy, issued by Hungary on August 21, 1960:

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Testimonies of the Ancient, issued by Madagascar in 1994:

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Banknote issued by Romania in 1920:

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Hi Eli,
You are welcome. I am also looking for the Cambodia set. Let me know the source, when you get one.

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Suriname issued a minisheet of 6 stamps on Wayang puppets on December 11, 2019 with various characters from Hindu mythology - Ramayana and Mahabharata. These are:

D: Abhimanyu . He was the son of Pandava prince Arjuna and Yadav princess Subhadra. During the Kurukshetra (Mahabharata) war, he fought from his father's side and was brutally killed by many warriors on the thirteenth day of war.

9.00SDR: Abiyoso or Ved Vyasa, legendary Indian sage, who is best known as the traditional author of Mahabharata, and is grandfather of Kauravas and Pandavas.

14.00SDR: Anggodo or Angada is a character from Ramayana, a vanara (monkey) who helped Lord Rama find his wife Sita and fight her abductor, Ravana, in Ramayana. He was later crowned as king of Kishkindha.

15.00SDR: Anilo or Nila. He was the assistant to monkey king Sugriva of Kishkinda. During the war between Lord Rama and demon king Ravana, he killed the powerful general of Ravana the Prahastha.

20.00SDR: Anoman or Hanuman is one of the central characters of the Hindu epic Ramayana. He is an ardent devotee of Lord Rama.

30.00SDR: Asuotomo or Ashwathama. In the Hindu epic the Mahabharata, Ashwathama is the son of guru Drona and the grandson of the sage Bharadwaja. He fought on the Kaurava side against the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra (Mahabharata) war.
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Suriname issued a minisheet of 6 stamps on Wayang puppets on December 2, 2020 with various characters from Hindu mythology Mahabharata. These are:

F=3.00SDR: B. Permadi. Young Pandava Prince Arjuna from the great epic Mahabharata.

19.00SDR: Bagong (Clown) is shown as one of the sons of Semar, the god of love. These characters were added in Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata and appear in Yogyakarta shadow puppet shows, cheered by Indonesian audiences as a break in the tension of the story and a moment of relaxation and laughter.

22.00SDR: Baladewa/Balarama is a Hindu god and the elder brother of Lord Krishna.

23.00SRD: Bambang Irawan/Aravan. He is the son of Pandava Prince Arjuna and Naga Princess Ulupi. The Mahabartha portrays him as dying a heroic death in Kurukshetra (Mahabharata) war.

24.00SRD: Bambang - Knight

29.00SRD: Basu Dewo/Vasudeva is the father of the Hindu God Krishna, He married Deviki the younger cousin of Kansa.
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Thanks sksondhi1 for showing us that lovely set of Suriname stamps.

Readers of this thread might be interested in some supplementary linguistic and cultural information,
which I have just added in the Stamps and Languages thread:
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During the 1970's, Italy issued 21 stamps in seven sets show fountains. Stamps were designed and engraved by Eros Donnini. Several of the fountains contain Greek-Roman Mythological figure statues:

Oceanus, Trevi Fountain, Rome, issued on November 10, 1973:

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Fountain of Neptune, Bologna, issued on November 9, 1974:

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Fountain of Oceanus, Firenze, issued on November 9, 1974:

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Fountain of Fortuna, Fano, issued on October 25, 1978:

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Fountain of Neptune, Trento, issued on October 25, 1978:

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Sleeping Venus

The Sleeping Venus (Italian: Venere dormiente), also known as the Dresden Venus (Venere di Dresda), is a painting traditionally attributed to the Italian Renaissance painter Giorgione (1470-1510), although it has long been usually thought that Titian completed it after Giorgione's death in 1510. The landscape and sky are generally accepted to be mainly by him. In the last decades, much scholarly opinion has shifted further, to see the nude figure of Venus as also painted by Titian, leaving Giorgione's contribution uncertain. It is in the Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. After World War II, the painting was briefly in possession of the Soviet Union (Wikipedia)

The Sleeping Venus, issued by Bulgaria on August 17, 1978:

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This painting, Venus of Urbino, by the Italian painter Titian (1488-1576) shows the artist style which is very resemble the above painting. The stamp was issued by Paraguay in 1986:

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Greek Mythology Stamps – Hermes and the Infant Dionysus
The Hermes Praxiteles Statue


Dionysus (Roman: Bacchus) is the god of the grape harvest, wine making and wine, fertility, theater and religious ecstasy. Dionysus parents were the mortal Semele and Zeus, father of the gods. Hera discovered the affair while Semele was pregnant and planted seeds of doubt in her mind. Semele demanded Zeus to reveal himself to her but she died when he came to her since mortals could not look upon an undisguised god without dying. Zeus rescued the infant Dionysus and gave him to the care of Hermes (Mercury), the messenger of the gods.

"Hermes and the Infant Dionysus" is one of the famous sculptures throughout the world made by Praxiteles of Athens, the most renowned of the Attic sculptors of the 4th century BC. The sculpture was discovered at Olympia in 1877 and is exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Greece.

The complete sculpture, Designed by Prof. Émile Gilliéron, engraved by Louis-Eugène Mouchon and issued by Greece on March 25, 1896 to publicize the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens:

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The above stamp is depicted on the following stamp issued by Greece on March 25, 1996 as one of a set celebrating the centenary of the Olympic games:

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Paraguay issued on March 4, 1990 a set of stamps shows four stamps of Greece publicizing the First Olympic Games held in 1896. One of them shows the above Hermes Praxiteles stamp:

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The head of Hermes Praxiteles sculpture on a stamp issued by Hungary on March 7, 1969 to publicize the Olympic Games:

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Greek Mythology Stamps - gods of the Winds
The Tower of the Winds, Roman Agora, Athens


The Tower of the Winds or the Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes is an octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower in the Roman Agora in Athens that functioned as a horologion or "timepiece". It is considered the world's first meteorological station. Unofficially, the monument is also called Aerides (Greek: Αέρηδες), which means Winds. The structure features a combination of sundials, a water clock, and a wind vane. It was supposedly built by Andronicus of Cyrrhus around 50 BC, but according to other sources, might have been constructed in the 2nd century BC before the rest of the forum.

Below the tower frieze depicting the eight wind deities — Boreas (N), Kaikias (NE), Apeliotes (E), Eurus (SE), Notus (S), Lips (SW), Zephyrus (W), and Skiron (NW). These deities are shown on two sets of stamps issued by Greece on August 15, 1942 and September 15, 1943:

Eurus - god of South East wind:

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Kaikias - god of North East wind:

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Skiron - god of South West wind:

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Apeliotes - god of East wind:

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Boreas - god of North wind:

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Zephyrus - god of West wind:

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Lips - god of South West wind:

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Notos - god of South wind:

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Here are the two sets together:

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Fountain of god Apollo in Madrid built by the Spanish architect Ventura Rodríguez Tizón (1717-1785), issued by Spain on January 29, 1973:

In the statue, Apollo appears carrying a lyre and accompanied by allegorical sculptures of the four seasons, since, as the Sun god, he is responsible for the birth and change of seasons.

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Issued in this set of Spanish architects:

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