A commemorative postage stamp on 26th International Congress of Orientalists, New Delhi :
Issued on Jan 4, 1964
Issued for : The Posts and Telegraphs Department is privileged to issue a special stamp to commemorate the convening of the Congress in India
Picture : Appropriately enough, the motif adopted in the stamp is the bronze figure of “DIPA-LAKSHMI” which signifies the spirit of illumination through study and investigation
Designed by General Manager, Govt. of India Press, New Delhi
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Watermark : Yes [All over multiple “Lion Capital of Asoka“]
Colour : Blue Grey
Denomination : 15p
Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Printing Size : 3.63 X 2.62 cms.
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printers : India Security Press
- The 26th International Congress of Orientalists met at New Delhi on the 4th January, 1964. The first session of the Congress was held in Paris in the year 1873. Subsequent sessions have been held usually at intervals of 3 or 4 years in different cities of the world.
- The participants in the Congress include, apart from Orientalists in the technical sense, historians, philosophers, philologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, economists, students of comparative religion and art and, indeed, representatives of every branch of the humanities and social sciences. The scope and functions of the Congress may be summed up in the following words :- “…to set forth and discuss the results of researches in the field of Oriental antiquities, to reveal to the world the great and unique cultures of ancient Asia and Africa, to open for mankind the priceless historical relics of the acoples of the East, and to make a proper assessment of their contribution to world civilization…“
- The Congress will deliberate on the advances made in researches into various aspects of the oriental heritage of mankind. The Congress has been divided into ten principal sections ranging from Egyptology and Indology to Islamic and African studies.