Kartlis Deda

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Kartlis Deda monument.
Kartlis Deda in silhouette.

Kartlis Deda[1] (Georgian: ქართლის დედა; Mother of Kartli or Mother of Georgia) is a monument in Georgia's capital Tbilisi.

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. ^ It has been argued that the original name was Kartvlis Deda, meaning "Mother of a Georgian", but this rendition never entered mainstream use. See: 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