1150th Anniversary of the Arrival of St. Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia - Joint Issue with Czech Republic, Vatican and Bulgaria Date of Issue : 12 June 2013
One of the greatest sights of the lower basilica is the fresco “Personal judgement of Saint Cyril” from the 9th century, which became the theme of the stamp. Saints Cyril and Methodius kneel before Christ Pantocrator, whereas Archangel Michael is standing together with Saint Andrew behind Saint Cyril (on the left) and Archangel Gabriel is standing together with Saint Clement behind Saint Methodius (on the right).
The motif of FDC imprint is another fresco of San Clement Basilica in Rome, named “Christ’s descend into limbo” from the 9th century with half of the figure of a monk with a book in his hand. It is assumed that it is Saint Cyril’s portrait made by a Byzantine painter, because the exposure of the fresco is identical with the report from the Life of Constantine that he was buried "on the right side of the altar in Saint Clement Temple". Finally, the FDC cancellation motif is orant/bishop with a cross on the neck, located on the reverse of Great Moravian ending from the grave no. 100 situated near the church no. II at hillfort “Valy” near Mikulčice.
130th Anniversary of Korea - Germany Diplomatic Relations
Date of Issue : 5 June 2013
The year 2013 marks the 130th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Germany through the Treaty of Peace, Commerce and Navigation between Korea and Germany signed on November 26, 1883. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the dispatch to Germany of Korea’s 18,000 mine workers and nurses, which started from 1963. A set of joint stamps is issued featuring Korea’s “Hyangwonjeong Pavilion in Gyeongbokgung Palace” and Germany’s the Temple of Sun in Bayreuth.
Weasels are mammals forming the genus Mustela of the Mustelidae family. They are small, active predators, long and slender with short legs. In nature it lives three years old, but in artificial conditions it can live up to ten years. It is common everywhere in Estonia, even on small islands.
Postal vehicles in Eretz Israel Date of Issue : 26 May 2013
Until the mid-19th century, Eretz Israel was a remote province in the outlying regions of the Ottoman Empire and residents had no organized mail service whatsoever. In 1854, when the first Postal Services were founded and operated by Austria and France.
The first stamp features an Austrian Post carriage against the background of the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem. A postmark from the Austrian Lloyd Agency, which operated in Jerusalem, appears below the stamp.
The second stamp depicts the inside of a mail sorting train car, operated by the Mandatory Railway in Eretz Israel. A Travelling Post Office (T.P.O.) postmark is featured below the stamp.
The third stamp features “The Red Automobile” that served the Israel Post in the initial years of the State (one of these vehicles is on display at the Alexander Museum of Postal History and Philately at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv). A Constellation C49 cargo plane used for transporting mail in the 1950’s appears beside it and an Israel Post Airmail label is featured below the stamp.
Birds of Latvia - the Long-tailed Duck and the European Bee-eater Date of Issue : 7 June 2013
LVL 0.35 : The Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) is an aquatic bird species of the duck family. The Baltic Sea is one of the most important overwintering locations of the Long-tailed Duck – approximately 4.5 million of the birds spend the winter there. In 2013, the Latvian Ornithological Society chose the Long-tailed Duck as the Bird of the Year in Latvia.
LVL 0.98 : The European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is a beautiful bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. The European Bee-eater used to be a rare guest in Latvia, but since 2003 it has been nesting here every year, making it one of the latest bird species nesting in Latvia. The European Bee-eater eats mainly bees, wasps, hornets, dragonflies and various insects. The bird can eat as much as 250 bees in a day.
Joint Issue with Korea Date of Issue : 31 May 2013
Top FDC :
Pansori is a genre of musical storytelling performed by a vocalist and a drummer. During performances lasting up to eight hours, a male or female singer, accompanied by a single drum, improvises on texts that combine rural and erudite literary expressions. Pansori originated in south-west Korea in the seventeenth century. Since November 7, 2003 Pansori is a part of the world cultural heritage UNESCO as “Masterpiece of the Oral Tradition and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.
Second FDC :
The Lúčnica art ensemble has a history of 65 years (first public appearances are dated as far as 1948). The Lúčnica art ensemble consists of three basic parts: 12-member orchestra, choir and dance ensemble which is managed since its beginning by the artistic director and choreographer prof. Štefan Nosáľ. A dancing young Slovak couple dressed in a ceremonial folk costume from the Central Slovakia area of Podpoľanie represents a motif of the stamp. The motif of a skirt constituting the imprint on FDC comes from the upper Liptov region.
5-1 : Coming across Grandpa Shrimp
5-2 : Mother Goldfish with Big Eyes
5-3 : Mother Crab with White Belly
5-4 : Mother Tortoise with Four Legs
5-5 : Their Mother Finally Found
Written by Fang Huizhen and Sheng Lude, "Little Tadpoles Looking for their Mother" is a fairy tale and lively tells about the scientific law for tadpoles' development by metamorphosis. The fairy tale was filmed in 1960 by Shanghai Animation Film Studio and was adapted into a color ink painting cartoon, the very first one of China. The stamps show little tadpoles ask Grandpa Shrimp for information and mistake the goldfish, the crab and the tortoise as their mother before they finally find their mother.
20th Anniversary of Korea - Slovakia Diplomatic Relations
Date of Issue : 31 May 2013
The year 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Slovakia. The set of joint issue stamps features the two countries' performance arts – Korea’s "Pansori" and Slovakia’s "Lucnica".
Presumed to have started from the Joseon Dynasty or even before, Pansori Epic Chant is an oral performance technique where a singer (sorikkun) sings a song composed of a story (chang), words (aniri) and body language (neoreumsae) to the tune of the drummer (gosu). UNESCO recognized Pansori’s uniqueness and designated it as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Lucnica has a 65-year-old tradition. Known around the world as the representative culture of Slovakia (Czechoslovakia before 1993), Lucnica is divided largely into three different parts: dance ensemble, chorus, and orchestra. The stamp features the dance by a man-woman couple in Slovakia’s traditional folk costumes.
100 Years of Ki Hadjar Dewantara's Article 'If I were a Dutchman' Date of Issue : 2 May 2013
Ki Hadjar Dewantara actually named Raden Mas Soewardi Soerjaningrat, was born in Yogyakarta on 2 May 1889. As a writer and journalist, Ki Hadjar Dewantara often-scathing criticism to the Dutch government. Many writings published in the local newspaper. One of the article which contains scathing crirism of the Dutch titled "Als lk een Nederlander was" which means "If I were a Dutchman".
As a result of Ki Hadjar Dewantara's article in the local media that contains critism of the Dutch government, he evently arrested and exciled to the island of Bangka. In 1913, Ki Hadjar Dewantara was transferred to Holland along with Douwes Dekker, and Dr. Tjipto Mangoenkoesoemo. These three figures effluent was then dubbed "Tiga Serangkai" (Three as Ones).
The Israel National Trail is a hiking route stretching along the length of Israel from the Dan River in the north to Eilat in the south. It is approximately 1000km (620miles) long.
The sheet features select sites along the Israel National Trail : Tel Hai, Ein Hod, Mount Tabor, Yad Kennedy (JFK Memorial), Antipatris fortress, Tel Afek, Beit Guvrin caves, Mount Carbolet, Ovdat, ramon Crater, Solomon's Pillars, Timna Park and the Underwater Observatory in Eilat.
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