Germania is the personification of the German nation or the Germans as a whole, most commonly associated with the Romantic Era and the Revolutions of 1848, though the figure was later used by Imperial Germany.
Germania is usually shown as a robust woman with long, flowing, reddish-blonde hair and wearing armour. She often wields the "Reichsschwert" (imperial sword), and possesses a mediaeval-style shield that sometimes bears the image of a black eagle on a gold field. Additionally, she is sometimes shown as carrying or wearing the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire.
Meanings of some symbols
|Broken chains||Being freed|
|Breastplate with eagle||Symbol of the German empire - strength|
|Crown of oak leaves||Heroism|
|Sword||Symbol of power|
|Chastetree branch around the sword||Noli tangere (touch-me-not), warning/protection|
|Black, red and gold tricolour||Flag of the liberal-nationalists in 1848; banned by dukes of the German states|
|Rays of the rising sun||Beginning of a new era|
Italia and Germania by Johann Friedrich Overbeck, 1828
Germania Awakening by Christian Köhler , 1849
Germania at the Watch on the Rhine by Hermann Wislicenus, 1873
Statue from Bismarck Memorial in Berlin, 1901
Germany 1914, by Friedrich August von Kaulbach
- Flag and Coat of Arms of Germany
- Bavaria statue, personification of the Land of Bavaria
- Berolina, personification of Berlin
- Deutscher Michel, personification of the German people
- Hammonia, personification of Hamburg
- Lionel Gossman. "Making of a Romantic Icon: The Religious Context of Friedrich Overbeck’s 'Italia und Germania'." American Philosophical Society, 2007. ISBN 0-87169-975-3.
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- Germania Briefmarken (German)