Coat of arms of Tanzania
|Coat of arms of Tanzania|
|Armiger||United Republic of Tanzania|
|Adopted||6 December 1961|
|Escutcheon||On a native shield, per fess of four, 1. Or, the top part of a Torch enflamed proper; 2, Per bend sinister Vert and Azure, a bend sinister Sable, fimbriated Or 3. Gules, an Axe and Hatchet in saltire Or. 4. barry wavy Argent and Azure; over all a Spear over an Axe and Hatchet in saltire, all Gold.|
|Supporters||A representation of Mount Kilimanjaro. Elephant tusks are supported by a man and a woman, with a clove bush at the feet of the man and a cotton bush at the feet of the woman|
|Motto||Uhuru na Umoja
"Freedom and Unity" (Swahili)
The golden portion represents minerals in the United Republic; the red portion underneath the flag symbolizes the rich fertile soil of Africa; while the wavy bands represent the land, sea, lakes and coastal lines of the United Republic.
In the golden part of the flag there appears a burning torch signifying freedom (UHURU), enlightenment and knowledge; a spear signifying defence of freedom and crossed axe and hoe being tools that the people of the Tanzania use in developing the country.
The shield stands upon the representation of Mount Kilimanjaro. Elephant tusks are supported by a man and a woman, with a clove bush at the feet of the man and a cotton bush at the feet of the woman (whose head is covered with a golden shroud) indicating the theme of co-operation.
Related coats of arms
- Ralf Hartemink. "National arms of Tanzania". Retrieved 2003-09-07. (English)
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