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24 November 1969
5/1969
Miniature Sheet

Christmas 1969 - Miniature Sheet

Cyprus
The Virgin between the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Mosaic in the apse of the Church of Panayia Angeloktistos, Kiti 6th-7th century.  

The Virgin between the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Mosaic in the apse of the Church of Panayia Angeloktistos, Kiti 6th-7th century.

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The mosaic in the apse of the Church of Angeloktistos is the most important of the mural mosaics of the Early Christian period survived in Cyprus. The Virgin is depicted in a gold background standing on a footstool decorated with precious stones and holding Christ in her left arm. On the side, the two Archangels Michael and Gabriel are advancing in adoration. To the right of the Virgin St. Michael is depicted, with a beautiful juvenile face holding the sphere in his right hand and the staff in his left hand. Unfortunately most of his body has been destroyed. To the left of the Virgin St. Gabriel is depicted in an excellent state of preservation. Like St. Michael he holds the sphere in his right hand and the staff on his left hand. The aisles of St. Gabriel are rendered like the peacock's feathers, and betray an oriental influence to the mosaic which otherwise is full of hellenistic grace. Despite the frontal attitude of the Virgin, the mosaic is not static. The representation of Christ in a three-quarter attitude and the almost imperceptible forward movement of the right food of the Virgin combined with the advancing movement of the Archangels fill the whole scene with life.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

Technical Information

Quantity: 115474
Designer: A. Tassos
Size: 90 x 110 mm
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