Afghanistan Official Stamp
The crude typographed design on this official stamp is
characteristic of the early issues of Afghanistan.
Between 1909 and 1927 this official stamp for internal use in Afghanistan was issued in a variety of shades on different types of paper. The design is the coat of arms which consists of a mosque including interior details consisting of a mihrab which is a niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca (and hence the direction that Muslims should face when praying) and the the minbar or pulpit from which the Imam addresses the congregation.
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Rossiter, Stuart and John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald and Co., 1986.
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