Muscat: Four postage stamps celebrating the fifth anniversary of the National Museum’s public opening were inaugurated by the National Museum in cooperation with Oman Post, an Asyad Group company.
The postage stamps carry illustrations of unique artefacts dedicated to various epochs throughout the glorious history of Oman, the land and its people.
Salim bin Mohammed Al-Mahrooqi, Minister of Heritage and Tourism and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum signed the cover of the first day of postage stamps.
The stamps include a picture of the oldest incense burner discovered in the Sultanate of Oman dating back to about two thousand years BC, one of the main findings of the Majan civilisation.
The other is a picture of the Saidi dagger belonging of Sultan Turki bin Said Al Busaidi, bearing it’s authenticity and made from pure silver, with a sheath that preserves the tradition and remains a noble symbol.
In addition, the throne chair, which was engraved on the top of the letter “Qaf” from the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimour, and finally the Will letter, which illuminates for a bright future to the Sultanate of Oman, under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik.
Jamal bin Hassan Al Moosawi, Secretary-General of the National Museum, said: “The inauguration of the postage stamp comes to celebrate five years full of achievements that we are proud of as we make our way with young Omanis to the bright places of the renewed Renaissance of the Sultanate of Oman.”
“The inauguration of this stamp is the result of a cooperation between the National Museum and Oman Post In order to perpetuate the treasures of the Omani heritage that are stored by the postage stamps, and to convey the depth of the Omani cultural heritage to the farthest corners of the earth around the world,” Al Moosawi added.
Alongside Sayyid Nasr Al Busaidi, General Manager Customer Experience at Oman Post and Asyad Express stated “Through these commemorative stamps, we aim to highlight the beauty of Omani history and civilisation for future generations. At Oman Post, we have always been proud of our national role in documenting history in a distinctive way and immortalising national personalities and achievements by launching postage stamps celebrating these occasions. We hope that stamp collectors and lovers of history and culture will enjoy this new set of commemorative stamps”.
The stamp is part of a series of commemorative stamps in denominations of 500 and 100 baisa, with dimensions of 3 cm x 5 cm, and was printed in the offset way. Postage stamps and commemorative cards will be displayed in the “Stamps and Collectibles” shop of Oman Post at the Opera Galleria.
The National Museum is the Oman’s flagship cultural institution, showcasing the Sultanate’s cultural heritage from the earliest evidence of human settlement in the Omani Peninsula to present day through which we look forward to our promising future. The Museum was established by Royal Decree 62/2013, issued on 16 Muharram 1435 AH (corresponding to 20 November 2013), as a legal entity with financial and administrative independence and the capacity to own, manage and dispose of tangible and intangible assets of Oman’s cultural heritage, in line with internationally recognised experiences and standards in classifying ancient museums.
The Museum aims to achieve its educational, cultural and humanitarian mission by consolidating noble Omani values, activating belonging, and raising public awareness among citizens, residents and visitors about Oman, its history, heritage and culture, and by developing their creative and intellectual abilities, especially in the areas of preserving evidence, collectibles, and highlighting the cultural dimensions of Oman, and by employing and adopting the best practices and standards in museum science.