THE ANGUILLLA PHILATELIC BUREAU
"FOUNTAIN CAVERN CARVINGS"
A UNIQUE ISSUE OF STAMPS
FIRST DAY COVERS
HIGHLIGHTING THE RELIGIOUS CUSTOM
AND CREATIVITY OF THE
RELEASE DATE: 17 NOVEMBER 1997
ANGUILLA'S FOUNTAIN CAVERN CARVINGS
The Fountain Cavern is considered one of the most significant
Archeological in Anguilla and indeed the region. In recent years
archeological expeditions have revealed the Cavern to be not
just a geological wonder, but also a shrine rich in religious
It was in this sanctuary that the early indigenous inhabitants,
the Amerindians performed their religious rituals dating back as
early as AD 300 and up until the early 15th century. The Cavern
also served as a fresh water source for the Shoal Bay inhabitant
apart from being a ceremonial centre for the entire island if not
With continued focus being placed on the Fountain Cavern to
develop the cave and its environs into a major National Park and
Tourism related attraction, the Anguilla Post Office has risen to
the occasion to assist in the venture by issuing a set of postage
stamps depicting four of the more significant Petroglyphs (rock carvings)
found on the hallowed walls of the Fountain Cavern.
The art work for this issue of stamps was graciously contributed by Nez
Graulke and Clair Twaron native Texans through their agent Robert (Bob)
Twaron. The three are friends of Anguilla and visit regularly.
The top section of a giant 12ft high stalagmite situated adjacent to one of
the pools of spring water has been carved into an enormous head thought to
represent the Taino Creator - God "Jocahu". Jocahu was revered by
the Amerindians as the: "Giver of Cassava" one of their staple crops.
-Cap Juluca-"Rainbow Deity"
Another striking Petroglyph found in the fascinating Cavern is Cap
Juluca - "The Rainbow God". This emblem carved into the limestone
column facing east is essentially an arc with solar orb flanked by chevron
One of Anguilla's leading and internationally acclaimed resorts had taken it's
name and emblem from this Amerindian god.
Intricately carved on the base of a stalagmite surface next to a crystal water
source is a long face with four feathers forming a crown, a tribute to the sun
god whom the worshippers believed illuminated their sanctuary with arc of brilliant
sunlight which kept evil forces at bay.
-"Lizard with Front legs extended"
Dedicated perhaps to the "God of Fertility" this carving is one of the few
zoomorphic Petroglyphs found in the Fountain Cavern. The reptile like carving appears
as if it wants to leap off the stone on which it is carved.
It is thought that this symbol represents the Perptuity of the Amerindian race.
Nez the multimedia artist from Texas, worked at an early age in the photography
phase of her art life. This included all areas of photography, the commission,
photographs, complete laboratory processing that included painting the portraits.
She studied art at the University of Texas and Texas A & M University as well as
instructions from New Mexico, Florida and California.
Throughout her career her oil paintings of landscape have won her numerous awards
which include Best of Shows for over five consecutive years and the coveted Peoples
Choice Award. After painting Cap Juluca and the Fountain Cavern for the Government
of Anguilla, which she thoroughly loved to paint for postage stamps, Landscapes
of Anguilla has become one of her favorite subjects.
Claire is alsoa native Texan, growing up in Texas she acquired a love for nature.
She studied art at Tarleton University and Sam Houston University, and painted for
fifteen years. Claire discovered Anguilla in 1993 and loves to paint Anguillian
She painted "Jocahu" the "Creator - Giver of Cassava" and "Lizard with Fron legs
extended" for this issue of stamps for the Government of Anguilla.
The Government of Anguilla is appreciative of their work.
|TITLE OF ISSUE:
||FOUNTAIN CAVERN CARVINGS
|REASON FOR ISSUE:
||To help educate the public and generate interest
in the carvings found in the Fountain Cavern
||.30¢, $1.25, $2.25 and $2.75
||Claire Twaron and Nez Graulke
||Cot Printery, Ltd.
||30.56 mm x 38.00 mm
||50 (2 x 25)
||Harrisons & Sons stamp paper
First Day Covers are available
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Tel: 1 264 497 2528
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