Trivia Tuesday: Cray-cray

What country boasts this rather dashing coat of arms?

Coat of arms

Red beanie on a stick: A glorious national symbol

10 Responses to “Trivia Tuesday: Cray-cray”
  1. Rita says:

    Is this an Argentinian gem?

  2. mel says:

    Judging by the Santa hat and white background (AKA snow), it’s clearly the North Pole.

  3. Julie says:

    What the heck? Hilarious Santa Land? – I’d hazard a guess at some Scandanavian nation.

  4. aims says:


  5. Cousin Mick says:

    Is it the republic of Zissou?

  6. Tristan says:

    Randomly guessing that it’s er.. Argentinean of some type? Blue + white + that sun has a familiar look.

    The beanie on a stick is where I’m lost… is that a provincial thing?

  7. Mel says:

    A land where gnomes rule supreme?

  8. admin says:

    Rita, Aimee and Tristan – you got it!

    Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:
    The coat of arms is a figure, in which we find the following symbols: At the top is the famous sun symbol of Argentina, the gold-yellowed Sun of May, also found on the flag of Argentina. The rising sun symbolizes the rising of Argentina, as described in the first version of the Argentine National Anthem: Se levanta a la faz de la tierra una nueva y gloriosa nación, meaning “a new and glorious nation rises to the surface of the Earth”. It must be noticed how the verb “rise” (and so in Spanish) can be used to describe the motion of the Sun.
    In the center ellipse are two shaking hands that symbolize the unity of the various provinces of Argentina. The hands come together to hold a pike, which represents power and the willingness to defend the freedom that is symbolized by the Phrygian cap (or liberty cap) on the top of the pike. The blue and white colors are symbols of the Argentine people, and are the same colors of the Argentine flag. The blue half of the ellipse represents the sky, and the white one represents the Río de la Plata. The hands are flesh coloured and represent friendship, peace, union and brotherhood; the pike is brown (it is a wooden pike), and the Phrygian cap is red, like the traditional French cap. The proximity of the hands and the Phrygian cap, in addition to have individual meanings, represent the national motto of Argentina: En unión y libertad, that means “in unity and freedom”; and represent the fact that in unity (the hands) there is power (the pike), and in power (the pike) there is freedom (the Phrygian cap). The Phrygian cap was typically worn by the inhabitants of Phrygia, in the Anatolian peninsula, but in ancient Rome it became a symbol of slaves that gained freedom, and those same slaves were touched by their owners with a wooden pike before setting them free. Laurel is another classical symbol. At the end of the Olympic Games, the winner was given a laurel crown, and since then it has symbolized triumph and glory.

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