Sunday, March 10, 2013

Christmas 14.11.2012

The 2012 Cyprus series dedicated to Christmas comprises of a commemorative sheet and two stamps depicting the Virgin and Child. These icons are from the occupied areas of Cyprus and are currently being exhibited at the Byzantine Museum of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation.
The ˆ0,68 commemorative sheet depicts the Virgin Mary Enthroned between St George and St Nicholas and at the bottom are the benefactors of the icon. The icon is dated to the 16th century over-painted with the benefactors in a renaissance style dated to the first quarter of the 17th century.
The ˆ0,22 stamp depicts the Virgin holding the Child in a wooden throne dated to the end of the 15th century - beginning of the 16th century.
The ˆ0,51 stamp depicts Panayia Odigitria (The Guiding Virgin) half section, from Panayia Church in Lysi. The icon is attributed to Chrysanthos, an artist of the Ayios Eraklidios School and is dated to the end of the 18th century.
Thank you very much Dear Merja for this fantastic FDC set.

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