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Discover this stamp dedicated to the pomegranate, from the Botanical Illustration series, and get to know its etymology, symbology and curiosities. In block sheet format.
The pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) is a deciduous shrub or small tree (2–10 m tall), spiny and highly branched, with flowers 3–4 cm long, scarlet in colour and large golden red fruits with a leathery bark and a persistent calyx in the form of a chimney. Its leaves, with a shape between lanceolate and obovate, are bright green and are dyed red in autumn. It is one of only two species accepted today that form the genus Punica, within the family Lythraceae.
Probably originating from the ancient region of Persia (present-day Iran) it has been cultivated throughout the Middle East and the Mediterranean for at least the last five thousand years.
Archaeological remains of seeds and pieces of fruit peel have been found in Jericho and Arad (Palestine), belonging to the Bronze Age. Of the pomegranate, its characteristic fruit, records have also been found in cuneiform tablets of Mesopotamia, as well as in Egyptian tombs of the TWELFTH dynasty (1.970-1.800 BC). C .) .
The name of the pomegranate comes from the Latin 'punica arbor' (Punic tree), and in Ancient Rome the pomegranate was called 'malum punicum' (Punic apple), because the Romans considered the Phoenicians as the first to introduce this tree from the surroundings of Carthage.
The pomegranate is a tree full of symbolism where perhaps the most used is that of fertility . It is mentioned in the Bible and in the Qur'an; in Greek mythology it appears in the story of Persephone, who after being kidnapped by Hades and eating several pomegranate seeds (another forbidden fruit) will be forced to stay a part of the year in the Underworld. In Rome, the grenade placed in Juno's hand symbolized marriage.
On the other hand, the pomegranate is also considered as the tree of knowledgeor, which is why it is represented in the logo of the Higher Council for Scientific Research.
The illustration of the pomegranate (Punica Granatum L .) appearing on the block sheet was made by Otto Wilhem Thomé and included inthe book: Flora Von Deutschland, Osterreich Und Der Schweiz . Gera : Friedrich Von Zezschwitz, 1903 .
Product of Filatelia Correos, sold and sent by Correos
Printing: Offset on coated, gummed, phosphorescent paper.
Block sheet size: 104.5 x 150 mm. Seal 50.17 x 45.21 mm
Postal value of the stamp: 5,1€
Publication Date: June 10, 2022
Circulation: 110 .000
Product exempt from VAT.