Monday, September 21, 2009

A lovely cover from Italy!

Hello everyone! Just a short post for today in the midst of my long weekend (we are having Hari Raya Puasa holiday here!).

This lovely cover was postmarked on 12 September 2009 in Cogliate (Milano), Italy. Courtesy of Gottardi Lorenzo. Thank you!!

The beautiful stamp depicting "Bocca della Verità" was issued on 31 October 2008 to promote the International Philatelic Exhibition "Italia 2009", to be held in Rome, at the Palazzo dei Congressi in the EUR quarter, from 21 to 25 October 2009.

La Bocca della Verità (in English, "the Mouth of Truth") is an image, carved from Pavonazzetto marble, of a man-like face, located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy. The sculpture is thought to be part of a 1st century ancient Roman fountain, or perhaps a manhole cover, portraying one of several possible pagan gods[1], probably Oceanus. Most Romans believe that the 'Bocca' represents the ancient god of the river Tiber.
The most famous characteristic of the Mouth, however, is its role as a lie detector. Starting from the Middle Ages, it was believed that if one told a lie with one's hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. The piece was placed in the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in the 17th century.This church is also home to the supposed relics of the saint, St Valentine.

That's all folks! See you soon!

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