Kartvlis Deda

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Kartvlis Deda monument.
Kartvlis Deda in silhouette.

Kartvlis Deda[1] (Georgian: ქართვლის დედა; Mother of a Georgian) erroneously known as Kartlis Deda is a monument in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, which has become a symbol of the city.

The statue was erected on the top of Sololaki hill in 1958, the year Tbilisi celebrated its 1500th anniversary. Prominent Georgian sculptor Elguja Amashukeli designed the twenty-metre aluminium figure of a woman in Georgian national dress. She symbolizes the Georgian national character: in her left hand she holds a bowl of wine to greet those who come as friends, and in her right hand is a sword for those who come as enemies.[2]

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  1. ^ Georgian Soviet Encyclopedia, Volume 1, p. 350, Tbilisi, 1975
  2. ^ David J Constable, « Kartlis Deda: The Importance of Georgia's Most Famous Woman », huffingtonpost.co.uk, 21/08/2012

Coordinates: 41°41′17″N 44°48′17″E / 41.68806°N 44.80472°E / 41.68806; 44.80472