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 set 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 and other works as well as one fresco. 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.

Below are listed for each stamp the subject, label quotation, and illustration source (library, manuscript shelfmark, folio number, place of origin, artist, and approximate date of creation). Identification of the illustration sources was kindly provided by Melissa Conway.
  • Michel 887 – The three beasts – Inferno 1:49–51 – Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, Italien 2017, f. 10v, Lombardy, Master of the Vitae Imperatorum, ca. 1440
  • Michel 888 – Pope Celestine V – Inferno 3:59–60 – Unidentified; from a manuscript of the Vaticinia de summis pontificibus
  • Michel 889 – Paolo and Francesca – Inferno 5:103–105 – Milan, Biblioteca Trivulziana, 1076, f. 13v, Lombardy, ca. 1385
  • Michel 890 – Cerberus – Inferno 6:13–15 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Urb. lat. 365, f. 15r, Urbino, Guglielmo Giraldi and assistants, ca. 1478
  • Michel 891 – Dante and Virgil – Inferno 9:127–129 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Urb. lat. 365, f. 22v, Urbino, Guglielmo Giraldi and assistants, ca. 1478
  • Michel 892 – Farinata degli Uberti – Inferno 10:31–33 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Urb. lat. 365, f. 25r, Urbino, Guglielmo Giraldi and assistants, ca. 1478
  • Michel 893 – Pope Anastasius II – Inferno 11:7–9 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Urb. lat. 365, f. 28r, Urbino, Guglielmo Giraldi and assistants, ca. 1478
  • Michel 894 – Centaurs – Inferno 12:73–75 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Vat. lat. 4776, f. 42v, ca. 1390–1400
  • Michel 895 – Pier della Vigna – Inferno 13:58–61 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Urb. lat. 365, f. 33r, Urbino, Guglielmo Giraldi and assistants, ca. 1478
  • Michel 896 – Brunetto Latini – Inferno 15:31–33 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Urb. lat. 365, f. 38v, Urbino, Guglielmo Giraldi and assistants, ca. 1478
  • Michel 897 – Swindlers – Inferno 21:43–45 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Urb. lat. 365, f. 54v, Urbino, Guglielmo Giraldi and assistants, ca. 1478
  • Michel 898 – Caiaphas – Inferno 23:109–111 – Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, Italien 74, f. 68r, Florence, Bartolomeo di Fruosino, ca. 1420
  • Michel 899 – Dante and Virgil – Inferno 26:31–33 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Urb. lat. 365, f. 72v, Urbino, Guglielmo Giraldi and assistants, ca. 1478
  • Michel 900 – Bocca degli Abati – Inferno 32:37–39 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Urb. lat. 365, f. 87r, Urbino, Guglielmo Giraldi and assistants, ca. 1478
  • Michel 901 – Lucifer's Legs – Inferno 34:88–90 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Urb. lat. 365, f. 95v, Urbino, Guglielmo Giraldi and assistants, ca. 1478
  • Michel 902 – Cato – Purgatorio 1:71–72 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Urb. lat. 365, f. 97r, Urbino, Guglielmo Giraldi and assistants, ca. 1478
  • Michel 903 – Angel – Purgatorio 2:43–45 – Unidentified
  • Michel 904 – Manfred – Purgatorio 3:112–113 – Unidentified; possibly from a manuscript of the Liber ad honorem Augusti
  • Michel 905 – Belacqua – Purgatorio 4:103–105 – London, British Library, Egerton 943, f. 69v, Emilia or Padua, Master of the Antiphonar of Padua, ca. 1325–1350
  • Michel 906 – Sordello – Purgatorio 6:74–75 – London, British Library, Egerton 943, f. 74r, Emilia or Padua, Master of the Antiphonar of Padua, ca. 1325–1350
  • Michel 907 – Nino Visconti – Purgatorio 8:52–54 – London, British Library, Egerton 943, f. 76v, Emilia or Padua, Master of the Antiphonar of Padua, ca. 1325–1350
  • Michel 908 – Angel – Purgatorio 17:55–57 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Urb. lat. 365, f. 145r, Urbino, Guglielmo Giraldi and assistants, ca. 1478
  • Michel 909 – Leah – Purgatorio 27:100–102 – London, British Library, Egerton 943, f. 113r, Emilia or Padua, Master of the Antiphonar of Padua, ca. 1325–1350
  • Michel 910 – Eunoe River – Purgatorio 28:121–123 – Unidentified
  • Michel 911 – Dante and Beatrice – Purgatorio 31:103–104 – London, British Library, Egerton 943, f. 121r, Emilia or Padua, Master of the Antiphonar of Padua, ca. 1325–1350
  • Michel 912 – The order of paradise – Paradiso 1:109–111 – Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Barb. lat. 4112, f. 141r, Tuscany?, 1419
  • Michel 913 – Empyrean – Paradiso 2:112–114 – London, British Library, Yates Thompson 36, f. 132r, Tuscany, Giovanni di Paolo, ca. 1450
  • Michel 914 – Justinian – Paradiso 6:10–12 – Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, It. IX, 276 (=6902), f. 56v, Veneto, ca. 1380–1400
  • Michel 915 – Rahab – Paradiso 9:112–116 – Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, It. IX, 276 (=6902), f. 59v, Veneto, ca. 1380–1400
  • Michel 916 – Saint Francis – Paradiso 11:73–75 – Assisi, fresco by Cimabue in the Basilica of Saint Francis, Lower Church, ca. 1280
  • Michel 917 – Cacciaguida – Paradiso 17:58–60 – Padua, Biblioteca del Seminario, MS 67, f. 259v, Padua, early 1400s
  • Michel 918 – Eagle of Souls – Paradiso 19:1–3 – London, British Library, Yates Thompson 36, f. 162r, Tuscany, Giovanni di Paolo, ca. 1450
  • Michel 919 – Saturn – Paradiso 21:25–27 – Modena, Biblioteca Estense, α.X.2.14 = Lat. 209, f. 4v, Milan, ca. 1450–1460
  • Michel 920 – Jesus Christ – Paradiso 23:28–30 – London, British Library, Yates Thompson 36, f. 171r, Tuscany, Giovanni di Paolo, ca. 1450
  • Michel 921 – Saint Peter – Paradiso 24:34–36 – London, British Library, Yates Thompson 36, f. 172r, Tuscany, Giovanni di Paolo, ca. 1450
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

Cimabue
Bartolomeo di Fruosino
Guglielmo Giraldi
Master of the Antiphonar of Padua
Master of the Vitae Imperatorum
Giovanni di Paolo
Raphael

Language

Arabic
English