This year the Bahamas Post Office has released a set of 6 Christmas stamps beautifully illustrating the story of The Nativity in the style of stained glass windows.
The art of coloured glass is an ancient tradition at which both the Romans and the Egyptians excelled. However the use of stained glass windows commenced much later, around the 7th Century. Stained glass windows were especially suited to churches being both decorative and of course informative.
As the architecture of churches became more grand and ornate the windows became larger to allow in more light. Stained glass windows were divided into sections and the designs became far more complex, reflecting the different artistic styles of the times.
In Europe the art of stained glass reached its height between the 12th and 16th Centuries when magnificent windows were created for the great cathedrals. Stained glass windows are now a common feature of churches and places of worship making this an appropriate and interesting style for the Bahamas Christmas stamps.
15c stamp: Mary is visited by the Angel Gabriel.
25c stamp: Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem to be taxed. Despite Mary being heavily pregnant there is no room for them in the inn.
50c stamp: “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn”. Luke 2:7.
65c stamp: An Angel appears to the shepherds as they watch over their flock by night, bringing them tidings of great joy.
70c stamp: The three wise men have seen his star in the east and have come in search of “he that is born King of the Jews”. “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh”. Matthew 2:11
80c stamp: After the departure of the wise men an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream warning that King Herod would seek to destroy the child and that they should flee to Egypt.
Designer Andrew Robinson
Printer BDT International Security Printing
Process Stochastic Lithography
Perforation 14 per 2cms
Stamp size 36 x 36mm
Sheet Layout 20 (2 x 10)
Release Date 1 November 2012
Production Co-ordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd