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~ Stamp No. 152: Manama ~

Our eagle-eyed colleague in England, Sean Stewart, unearthed this lively stamp, with its unique piper (see detail below).

~ detail ~

This pipe either has a bag cover, which would be unusual for the period, or the bag itself is segmented, which would be unheard of. Or perhaps it's not a bagpipe at all, but rather a renaissance football of some sort being inflated. We'd like to know where the original relief resides - it's not among the dunes of Manama (a sand spit with pretensions), that's for sure.

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