Gostra - Elena Bondar | Oil-on-Canvas

Il-Ġostra is a traditional game played in Malta where people climb up a greasy pole in order to grab a flag and win a prize. Dating back over 120 years, Gostra is celebrated each year towards the end of August in Saint Julians, Malta.

The pole is 10 meters long, and extends out over the sea from the jetty, with the upper half covered in grease. Each of the flags on the Gostra pole has a religious significance:

  • The blue and white flag of the Madonna
  • The yellow and white Vatican standard
  • The red and white flag of Malta
  • The Belgian tricolor representing the ancestral homeland of St. Julian

Each flag represents a special prize for whoever can reach it.


Pixels: 8706 x 5208 (129 MP)
Size: 48 x 29 inches (180 ppi)
Format: PDF (9 MB)
Price: €10


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About this Picture

This is a downloadable hi-definition PDF image scanned from my original oil painting. You will receive a 48 x 29 inch PDF image (53.5 x 34.5 inches including the border), ideally suited for printing onto canvas. A ‘Museum style’ white border is added to each side of the picture to facilitate mounting the canvas on a stretcher board.


After clicking the Add to Cart button and completing the payment process, you will immediately receive a download link for your picture. Please note that you are purchasing a high-resolution PDF file – not a physical painting.


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This Il-Ġostra printed artwork is available in a selection of formats including Art Board Print, Canvas Mounted Print, Framed Art Print, Metal Print, Wood-Mounted Print and Photographic Print. You can also have it printed on a variety of products including Mouse Pads, Desk Mats, Graphic T-Shirts, Sleeveless Tops, Laptop Skins and many more.

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