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06 July 1964
3/1964
Commemorative Issue

Olympic Games 1964 - Tokyo

Cyprus
Runners  

Runners

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Composition of two runners from a relief ornament on the shoulder of a jar found in Cyprus and dating from the Mycenaean period. The runners are in the Minoan tradition. They wear the Cretan kilt, and their attitude and style recall the Cretan art of the 14th century B.C. It is considered to be the work of an Aegean craftsman who was working in Cyprus. The jar was found in Cyprus and is now in the Cyprus Museum.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

Boxers  

Boxers

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Two boxers from a Mycenaean vase of the 14th century B.C. found in Cyprus in 1896 and now in the British Museum. Their figure-drawing and composition are stylized and very vivid. Boxing was a popular sport in the Mycenaean art found both in Cyprus and in Greece. It is often mentioned by Homer in the Iliad, and was one of the most important contests at the funeral games of Patroclus.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

Chariot Racers  

Chariot Racers

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A chariot group from a Mycenaean amphorae crater found in Cyprus by the Swedish Cyprus Expedition in 1930, and now (1964) in the Museum of Mediterranean Antiquities in Stockholm. It is one of the earliest representations of a chariot group on a vase. The representation is stylized. Chariot races were very popular in the Mycenaean period, both in the Aegean world and in Cyprus. They are mentioned by Homer in the funeral games in honour of Patroclus. In art they often appear on funerary monuments from the Mycenaean period onwards.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

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