84th Anniversary of the Siam Society (1988)


building of the Siam Society and its emblem


 Issue Name: 84th Anniversary of the Siam Society
 Thai Issue Name: ครบรอบ 84 ปี การกก่อตั้งสยามสมาคม
 Issue Date: 1988/2531-03-10
 Cause: To mark the 84th Anniversary of the Siam Society, which was established on 26 February 1904
 Catalogue Number: 1988/3
 Denomination: 2 Baht
 Unused Value: 10 Baht
 Used Value: 3 Baht
 Thailex Collection: n/a
 Size: 27 x 45 mm
 Quantity of Stamps: 4,000,000 pieces
 Printer: Leigh-Mardon Pty. Limited, Australia
 Subject: The building of the Siam Society, topped with a Thai national flag, and in the top right corner the emblem of the society (fig.), which was designed in 1926. It consists of the head of an elephant on a horse collar-like shield adorned with a lotus bud and flames above, as well as with a garland or pendulum below. On the frame of the shield, in Thai, is the society's slogan, i.e. wichah yang hai geut mitraphaap (วิชชายังให้เกิดมิตรภาพ), which translates as Knowledge Gives Rise to Friendship. Whereas the elephant is the symbol of Siam (fig.), it also represents wisdom and friendship, while the lotus and flames on the frame, reminiscent of those sometimes used in the iconography of Indian deities (fig.), may represent Enlightenment, and the garland the beauty that results from it all.
 Related Link: Siam Society, elephant, Siam, Enlightenment, iconography, lotus, thong chaht