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22 September 2020

Ancient Maps of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Ancient Maps of Sri Lanka, 22 September 2020. Images from eBay.

Technical Specifications:

Bulletin # 989
Date of Issue: 2020-09-22
Denominations: 3x LKR 15.00
Dimension of Stamps: 41mm x 30mm
Perforations: 13 1/4 x 12
Sheet Composition: 20; miniature sheet of 3
Last Date of Sale: 2024-03-31
Print Color: Four process colours
Shape: Horizontal
Print Quantity: 300,000 each

Sri Lanka’s depiction in ancient maps off the west, instead of east coast of India stems from the earliest maps. The French cartographer Charles Delemarche (1740-1817) produced a pastiche of ancient maps, including one based on Claudius Ptolemy (90-168) in which Taprobane is west of the southern tip of India. In one map the island is also called Salice, and has the Equator running through where Colombo is today.

Map of 1560-65 A.D.

Map of 1572 A.D.

Map of 1681 A.D.

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