Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Germany Sky Disk FDC

Germany FDC
Name: Nebra Sky Disk
Date of Issue: 09 October 2008

The Nebra sky disk is a bronze disk of around 30 cm diameter, patinated blue-green and inlaid with gold symbols. These are interpreted generally as a sun or full moon, a lunar crescent, and stars (including a cluster interpreted as the Pleiades). Two golden arcs along the sides, marking the angle between the solstices, were added later. A final addition was another arc at the bottom surrounded with multiple strokes (of uncertain meaning, variously interpreted as a Solar Barge with numerous oars, as the Milky Way or as a rainbow).

The disk is attributed to a site near Nebra, Saxony-Anhalt in Germany, and associatively dated to c. 1600 BC. It has been associated with the Bronze Age Unetice culture.

The disk is unlike any known artistic style from the period, and had initially been suspected of being a forgery, but is now widely accepted as authentic. More...

Comment: It might be more beautiful and intuitive if this stamp had used in letterpress printing. I don't know whether my opinion is correct, Deutsche Post (Germany Post) seldom uses special printing technology in their stamps.

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