Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Skeleton on stamps from Slovenia

I recently received this set of Slovenian stamps that I found quite impressive and that I wanted to share with you.

They were issued on the 23rd of September 2005 in a series about Gothic Art. The stamps, printed se-tenant, picture a detail of the Dance of Death fresco from the church of the Holy Trinity located in Hrastovlje. This fresco, realised by Janez of Kastav was completed in 1490. It is 90cm high and 630cm long. It features eleven figures representing various steps in life. They are all holding hands with a skeleton as pictured on the stamps.
What is quite impressive on these stamps is something that can not be seen on the scan. The stamps are embossed on the skeleton : when you rub your finger on them you can feel the bones. This gives a very striking result and it emphasises the design of the stamps.
I guess that representing a skeleton on a stamp is not very common because it has something frightening which is not very compatible with the wide distribution of stamp. I wonder how many stamps actually picture a skeleton ?

9 comments:

varske said...

I puzzled for a bit, but then I understood you meant that you could feel the bones.

Anyway thanks for the interesting post.

Eric said...

Yes of course. "feel" and not "fill"... Sorry for the typing mistake. I corrected the post.
Thanks
Eric

rob said...

Canada issued at least one skeleton stamp back in October, 1997 to launch Stamp Collecting Month. The issue was called The Supernatural (Le Surnaturel). One of my nieces was 4 years old at the time and she was not very fond of those stamps.

Rob

Mojca said...

I think there is one more stamp from Slovenia with skeleton on it. If I remember correctly it was issued for the anniversary of Auswitz (or something like that...). But that had to be years ago, because I don't collect stamps any more. :)

Anonymous said...

There was another stamp with a skeleton published in Slovenia, but it was soon removed from circulation. It showed a young naked woman kissing s skeleton, both of them in horizontal position. Needless to say, moral minority made an uproar and the stamp was soon nowhere to be seen. I think it's quite rare today.

Anonymous said...

1995 Slovenia skeleton stamp can be seen on post office official site http://www.posta.si/Namizje.aspx?tabid=390&artikelid=5782

Yakima_Gulag said...

These are marvelous stamps. Skeletons are frequent in European art, the Death and the Maiden theme in particular is the theme of at least a few famous paintings, you know babealicious Medieval girl in the nude, skeleton in the nude, holding hands in a lovely garden, etc.
It probably is in memory of the Great Plague, and perhaps a commentary on old men marrying very much younger women.

Anonymous said...

The point of this fresco is that after death we are all equals. You can see different social classes in line holding hands with skeletons; nobility, paupers, merchants,...

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