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I have Mother of Kartli at home!

Updated: May 24, 2020

Hello everyone this will be our first blog story. I am one of the Phoenixes of company Phoenix Tours Georgia my name is Maggie.

Once my best friend called me and said : ‘’I have Mother Of Kartli at home’’. Now imagine my reaction. Symbol of Georgia, who meets friends with wine in her hand and enemies with sword. I know that it is 20-meter-high aluminum sculpture in a national folk dress by Elguja Amashukeli, and I really couldn’t imagine how it could be at someones home. So this story turned to be interesting.

Many people know this culturally significant 20-meter statue, called Mother of Kartli or in other words Kartlis Deda which has been looking at Tbilisi for 61 years, and is known as symbol of Georgia, but few know that such monumental statues often have their "little sketches".

This first "sketch" is the most important material for the author, which he works on and runs it until creates art work. Mother of Kartli that all we know, would not have been so ideal and sophisticated if not its little predecessor.

The Mother of Kartli, which was left to us by Elguja Amashukeli, has exactly the same "sketch" ! The sculpture presented in the photo is the only original of Kartli's mother, which was made by Elguja Amashukeli himself in the 50s .

History of it has gone like this: During the Soviet era Architect and inventor Sergo Megrelishvili worked for the design organization "Cult Project". In the late 1950s, Sergo invented the original method of enlarging statues, called "Isogypses" (which is somewhat similar to the topographic method of dividing the mountains into layers). With this method he has enlarged all the major recognizable sculptures available today in Georgia! Elguja's "Mother of Georgia", "Vakhtang Gorgasali", "Tiger and Servant". As well as all the monuments of Merab Berdzenishvili.

And "Mother of Kartli" was the first statue to be magnified by this method!Elguja Amashukeli himself gave the original of the mini-Kartli mother to architect Sergo Megrelishvili in the late 1950s. Now it is kept in family of Sergo Megrelishvili. This sculpture is an important part of Georgian culture and therefore it is "looking" for larger apartment where people who love art can see it. Yes, it means it is for sale now…

Georgia is living-breathing museum, whether someone has some kind of artifact at their home or museums filled with our rich culture.

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