Postage Stamp - Umm al-Quwain - 1972

Title

Postage Stamp - Umm al-Quwain - 1972

Type

Postage Stamp

Coverage

Umm al-Quwain

Date Issued

1972

Description

This expansive series of thirty-five air mail postage stamps was issued in 1972 by an agent under contract to the state of Umm al-Quwain. The stamps depict scenes from a number of illustrated manuscripts of the Divina commedia. Each stamp is printed either horizontally or vertically between two labels: the left label is Raphael's portrait of Dante from the artist's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City and the right label is a quotation from the Divina commedia relevant to the illustration on the stamp. The horizontally printed stamps have "christmas" and "peace" to the left and right of the portrait, respectively, while the vertically printed stamps have "christmas" below the portrait. At the bottom of each stamp are the denomination, air mail designation, and country in English and the denomination and country in Arabic.

The subject of each stamp is as follows:
  • Michel 887 – The three beasts – Inferno 1:49–51
  • Michel 888 – Pope Celestine V – Inferno 3:59–60
  • Michel 889 – Paolo and Francesca – Inferno 5:103–105
  • Michel 890 – Cerberus – Inferno 6:13–15
  • Michel 891 – Dante and Virgil – Inferno 9:127–129
  • Michel 892 – Farinata degli Uberti – Inferno 10:31–33
  • Michel 893 – Pope Anastasius II – Inferno 11:7–9
  • Michel 894 – Centaurs – Inferno 12:73–75
  • Michel 895 – Pier della Vigna – Inferno 13:58–61
  • Michel 896 – Brunetto Latini – Inferno 15:31–33
  • Michel 897 – Swindlers – Inferno 21:43–45
  • Michel 898 – Caiaphas – Inferno 23:109–111
  • Michel 899 – Dante and Virgil – Inferno 26:31–33
  • Michel 900 – Bocca degli Abati – Inferno 32:37–39
  • Michel 901 – Lucifer's Legs – Inferno 34:88–90
  • Michel 902 – Cato – Purgatorio 1:71–72
  • Michel 903 – Angel – Purgatorio 2:43–45
  • Michel 904 – Manfred – Purgatorio 3:112–113
  • Michel 905 – Belacqua – Purgatorio 4:103–105
  • Michel 906 – Sordello – Purgatorio 6:74–75
  • Michel 907 – Nino Visconti – Purgatorio 8:52–54
  • Michel 908 – Angel – Purgatorio 17:55–57
  • Michel 909 – Leah – Purgatorio 27:100–102
  • Michel 910 – Eunoe River – Purgatorio 28:121–123
  • Michel 911 – Dante and Beatrice – Purgatorio 31:103–104
  • Michel 912 – The order of paradise – Paradiso 1:109–111
  • Michel 913 – Empyrean – Paradiso 2:112–114
  • Michel 914 – Justinian – Paradiso 6:10–12
  • Michel 915 – Rahab – Paradiso 9:112–116
  • Michel 916 – Saint Francis – Paradiso 11:73–75
  • Michel 917 – Cacciaguida – Paradiso 17:58–60
  • Michel 918 – Eagle of Souls – Paradiso 19:1–3
  • Michel 919 – Saturn – Paradiso 21:25–27
  • Michel 920 – Jesus Christ – Paradiso 23:28–30
  • Michel 921 – Saint Peter – Paradiso 24:34–36
Denomination: 4 RIYALS (4 QAR)
Perforation: 13 ½ (line)
Printing process: Photogravure

Extent

50 × 70 mm (horizontal)
70 × 50 mm (vertical)

Bibliographic Citation

Michel no. 887–921

Contributor

Raphael

Language

Arabic
English