Sri Lanka 1983 Vesak stamps featuring murals by George Keyt

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George Percival Sproule Keyt (wtf kind of name is Sproule?) rocks my world. You don’t need to be an art connoisseur to understand that this man could paint.

Keyt’s work has been featured more than once on Sri Lankan stamp issues but for today I wanted to explore the 1983 Vesak issue. It features four of his murals from the Gotami Viharaya in Borella all of which depict various scenes from the Buddha’s life.

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Sri Lanka 2015 Archaeology Department 125th Anniversary

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Sri Lanka issued a stamp and first day cover commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Department of Archaeology on 8 July 2015. The stamp features Harry Charles Purvis Bell who served as the country’s first archaeological commissioner from 1890 to 1912.

While the Department of Archaeology was established with Bell’s appointment on July 7th 1890, archaeological observations and photography had been taking place even around 1861.

125th Anniversary of Department of Archeology

The stamp backdrop shows HCP Bell in front of the famous Sigirya fresco wall – he was instrumental in the early excavation and preservation work done on what is today an important World Heritage Site

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