Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sunday Stamps

This week I've chosen Queen Nefertiti for the theme of 'folk culture' (which may be stretching the theme a little).  These 4 stamps are the high values in a set of definitives which were issued by Egypt in 1953, the first definitives issued by the New Republic (technically they were issued under the reign of King Ahmed Fuad II, the infant son of ex-King Farouk).
The £1 (Egyptian £) value was issued on 21st April 1953 and featured on the cover of the July 1953 edition of the Egyptian Philatelic Journal, 'L'Orient Philatelique'.

Queen Nefertiti was the wife of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaton. The famous bust of Nefertiti was 'discovered' in Amarna, Egypt in 1912 and taken to Germany in 1913, where she resides in one of the museums in Berlin.   (Wiki article link here).
I saw Nefertiti back in the mid-1980s in Germany and she is indeed very beautiful.  The above postcard was sent to me in the early 1990s.
The Deutsche Bundespost issued this stamp of Nefertiti in 1987.

This post is part of Viridian's Sunday Stamps #20, you can check it out here or by clicking the icon below.

8 comments:

  1. It is interesting that there are various monotone colors and one full color stamp.

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  2. She is indeed very beautiful and the stamps are little gems. Thanks for participating.

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  3. I also wonder what happened to her eye....and ive seen that German stamp before, but not until now actually I knew what it depicted...thanks for enlightening me :)

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  4. She makes a beautiful stamp.:) Very elegant.

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  5. Her beauty is ancient but also modern. Love those Egyptian stamps

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  6. Perfect subject I think. Very beautiful stamp.

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  7. We used to call our cat Emily Queen Nefertiti. Don't know all the history about her, but we liked the sound of the name. She had exotic beauty, for sure.

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