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Coo . Archaeology Seal. Iberian art commemorating the discovery of the great archaeological find
Numerous archaeological evidences confirm the relevance of Baza in the Iberian period, but perhaps none does so in such a clear and symbolic way as its Lady, sculpture of the first half of the fourth century BC. C., found on July 20, 1971 by the team of archaeologist Francisco José Presedo Velo.
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the archaeological find, the City Council of Baza has prepared an extensive and varied program (covering from July 2021 to July 2022) to make this commemoration a memorable event, with the sculpture of the Lady as the main axis.
The discovery of the Lady of Baza was a milestone in the knowledge of the ancient Iberian culture. It is a large anthropomorphic cinerary urn, masterfully carved in limestone, representing an important woman of Iberian society. The features of his face refer to a specific person luxuriously dressed in tunic and mantle and adorned with jewels of oriental influence. Among them are the large cubic earrings and necklaces with pendants in the form of tabs and amphorae. It sits on a winged throne with two claw-shaped front legs. Under the seat of this throne, a hollow can be seen in which the cremated remains of the deceased were found.
In the tomb was also found a trousseau composed of luxurious ceramics and four panoplys of warrior, deposited at his feet as an offering. The use of certain divine symbols, such as the back of the winged armchair, reinforce the link with the divine sphere of this powerful woman, probably recognized by her family group as the ancestor founder of her aristocratic lineage. The antiquity of this lineage is influenced by the typology and decoration of the ceramic pieces of the trousseau, reminiscent of the orientalizing world.
The Lady of Baza is interpreted as the representation of a woman of the aristocracy of the city of Basti (Baza, Granada) heroized through an outstanding funeral ritual.
Its uniqueness lies in its function as a cinerary urn and in the symbolic elements that accompany it: the winged armchair, symbol of divinity, and the pigeonthat she carries in her hand, interpreted as a link between the mortal woman and the goddess who acts as protector of both the bird and the bones of the deceased.
The original statue of the Lady of Baza is housed in the National Archaeological Museum. In the Municipal Archaeological Museum of Baza there is a replica of it in one of the two rooms dedicated to the Iberian era of the city.
The stamp includes an image of the newly discovered sculpture (black and white image) and a more current one.
Product of Filatelia Correos, sold and sent by Correos
Printing: Offset in coated, rubberized and phosphorescent support.
Seal size: 74.6 x 28.8 mm
Postal value of each stamp: 2 .7€
Publication Date: July 20, 2022
Circulation: 135,000 stamps
Product exempt from VAT.