Spain:National Heritage on New Stamps

\"spain\"The series \”National Heritage\” began in 2004 with the issuance of stamps dedicated to the watches of the royal palaces. Previously, in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992 it issued a series called \”National Artistic Heritage\”. Among the art-historical works that are part of National Heritage-agency responsible for the custody, management and administration of property owned ceded by State Crown- the tapestry is titled Wedding Zenobia and dragonfly, whose set is reproduced in miniature sheet that forms this issue.

Zenobia and dragonfly

Made in Brussels, around 1660, the tapestry of Wedding Zenobia and dragonfly was made ​​of silk and wool threads in Peemans Gerardo workshop. These characters, from the third century, appear in the center of the mat holding hands. Dragonfly was king of Palmyra in modern Syria. It took a second wife Zenobia, who after the murder of her husband took the reins of power and founded the empire of Palmyra.

All Skin is decorated with garlands of flowers and fruits that are woven into the sides with figures of cherubim. In the upper border is the inscription: Nubit dragonfly / Regina Zenobia / Mater Afirmatis / Foedus Iungit Utrique Manum. The lower valance is decorated with garlands, birds and coral branches. The tapestry is completed, to the left, with a priest offers a sacrifice and, right, with a group of young women holding the cornucopia. The Brussels tapestries began from 1528signed to prevent fraudulent imitations. This work is in the Royal Palace in Madrid, where he maintains a good collection of textiles.

The story of the tapestry is linked to the tissue and is known since ancient times. Its mission was to cover the bare walls with decorative fabrics turn insulated from the cold. The scenes were reproduced as varied and could refer to mythology, religious subjects, heraldic motifs, plants, animals, members of the nobility or detailed representations of everyday life.

In the manufacture of carpets are used high-warp looms, when disposed vertically, or low warp, when the loom is placed horizontally. In both cases the weaver works by following the cardboard back designed by the artist. The materials used vary ages. Thus traditionally been used as wool, silk, the gold wires and silver while currently major innovations have been made ​​in both materials and technique.

Technical Details

The leaf stamp block today is circulated on the tapestry of Wedding Zenobia and dragonfly is printed in intaglio and photogravure, on coated paper, gummed and phosphorescent. It has a d entado: 13 ¼ (horizontal) and 13 ¾ (vertical). The label format is 57.6 x 40.9 mm . (Horizontal) and the souvenir sheet format: 144 x 115 mm. (Horizontal). Postcard stamp value is 3.10 € and a circulation of 280,000 souvenir sheets.

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