Postal Stamp Image : KALPADRUMA INDIAN MUSEUM 0891 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 27/07/1978
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.50
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0891
Stamp Information : Museums are repositories of the cultural, literary and artistic heritage of a people. They also provide a great potential for education and national integration. The museum movement in India began with the creation of the India Museum at Calcutta in 1814 by the Asiatic Society of Bengal. In the wake of the Ancient Monuments Preservation Act (1904), a number of archaeological museums came into existence. Over the years, more museums have been set up to serve different disciplines like art, archaeology, science and technology. Today there are over 360 museums in India. In selecting subjects for the series of postage stamps on Museums of India, the Posts and Telegraphs Department has tried to span not only the millennia of Indian history but also a variety of artistic expressions from different regions of the country.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The 50p stamp shows ?Kalpadruma? in a unique 2nd century B.C. sculpture. Discovered by the great archaeologist, Sir Alexander Cunningham, it was once the capital of a column at Besnagar, Vidisha district in Madhya Pradesh, and is now in the Indian Museum, Calcutta. It is belived to represent the wish-fulfilling tree of ancient tradition offering in profusion all the nidhis?treasures such as sankha?conch shell, padma?loutus, two vases pouring forth coins and four purses with strings tied round their necks. The column, of which this capital was a part, may have adorned a shrine of Kubera, the God of Wealth.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.55 X 2.5 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 35
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 30,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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