Greetings Stamp - Love
Date of issue: 28.01.2022
Author: Marjeta Kovačič
Printed by: Royal Joh. Enschedé, Netherlands
Printing Process and Layout: 4-colour offset in sheetlets of 10 stamps
Paper: Tullis Russell Chancellor Litho PVA RMS GUM, 102 g/m2
Size: Heart in a square of 44.00 x 44.00 mm
Perforation: Comb 14 : 14
Greetings of the heart
In the modern world the heart is a symbol of love, both profane and divine. It can also symbolise friendship and even sadness. But in all cultures in the world the heart has very different meanings and symbolic connections, and is not just the established symbol of red that decisively marks the commercialised global holiday of Valentine’s Day (14 February).
For each person the heart is principally the centre of life, will and reason, in other words their main organ or their core. According to some thinkers, great thoughts come from the heart. In the period of Antiquity, during Greek and Roman times, the heart did not have such a big symbolic significance as in later periods. One legend alone tells us that Zeus supposedly swallowed the still beating heart of the dead Zagreus and then through Semele bore Dionysus.
In the Bible the heart is a symbol of a person’s inner self, their emotionality, wisdom and intelligence. To give someone your heart means complete devotion and steadfast love. More than 200 years ago the expression to love with all one’s heart was explained by the fact that the heart is the first organ to develop and the last to die. For this reason ‘with all one’s heart’ meant ‘until one’s final breath’. The opposite of this is a broken heart, which still means disappointment, sadness and misfortune.
Prof Dr Janez Bogataj