Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Sculptor: Elguja Amashukeli
Alternative name: Kartlis Deda
Genre: Soviet memorial, former USSR
The twenty-metre aluminium figure, known locally as Kartlis Deda (Mother of Kartli/Mother of Georgia), was erected to celebrate Tbilisi’s 1500th anniversary. With a bowl of wine in one hand to welcome guests who come as friends and a sword in the other to ward off those who arrive as enemies, the statue symbolises the Georgian national character. Initially, the sculpture was made of wood and was covered with aluminium in 1963. The original statue was replaced with a new one in 1997.
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