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LONDON, (CAIS) -- The Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) and the Iran Post Company, in a collaborative effort, have printed a stamp bearing a picture of the world’s oldest metal flag, CHTHO reported on Wednesday.
stamp is scheduled to be introduced during the two-day International Conference
of Seventy Years of Iranian Anthropology, which will begin in Kerman on February
stamp has been printed on a four-piece sheet, with the other three stamps of the
series depicting the Abarqu Cypress, a traditional Bakhtiari wedding, and the
logo of the conference.
metal flag and two large brass plates bearing fish and deer patterns were
discovered by an archaeological team led by Ali Hakemi in the Khabis district in
the east of the Shahdad region of Kerman Province in 1971.
artifacts, which are kept at the National Museum of Iran, date back to the 3rd
4.5mm in thickness on the edges and 2mm in the middle, the square-shaped metal
flag, which measures 23.4 centimetres in width and length, is attached to a
128-centimeter metal pole in such a way that it can rotate.
figure of a perching eagle has been fixed to the top of the flagpole and the
flag bears engravings of a seated goddess of rain with a woman standing behind
women and a rectangular garden with two palm trees are also engraved on the
lower right side of the flag while another palm tree is engraved below the
standing woman’s feet on the lower left side. Figures of two lions are on the
two sides and a cow with long horns is seen in the middle.
image of the sun in the form of a flower can be seen between the goddess and the
three women, and two swirling motifs representing flowing water surround all the
figures on the top and bottom.
30 international researchers from Europe, the Middle East, the United States,
and Japan are scheduled to present papers during the conference, which is being
organized by the Anthropology Research Centre.
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