Unique, handwritten and specifically ornate Knight in the Panther Skin has been deposited in the permanent art collection of the United Nations. Its cover was exclusively incused by a celebrated Georgian sculptor Guji Amashukeli, who is currently living and working in France. A museum copy of the Georgian renaissance poem was created by a group of artists and calligraphists in Tbilisi and Paris in 2017-2018.
Prime Minister of Georgia officially handed over the renaissance gift to the UN.
Unique treasure of national significance with its incused cover made in silver by Guji Amashukeli is ornated with almost 20 precious stones.
Sculptures, symbolic items of art, medallions, jewelry and statues made of gold and silver on religious or mythical themes by Guji Amashukeli are kept in public and private art collections of renown museums, galleries and individual art connoisseurs. Each and every piece of art created by Guji Amashukeli is unique and never gets repeated.
“It is my great honor and privilege to take part in this historic event. We are presenting our national gift to the United Nations and it is my great honor to officially hand it over. I wish to express gratitude to the United Nations for everything - for supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia”, - said Irakli Garibashvili.
Gift presented by Georgia has been deposited at the UN Headquarters, at one of the most vivid and frequented places of the second floor, right before the UN Security Council meeting room.
Event was attended by Atul Khare, UN Under-Secretary General.
“Your Excellency, Prime Minister Garibashvili, thank you very much for presenting this extraordinary gift from Georgia to the United Nations. I would like to congratulate the people of Georgia under your leadership on this very special occasion. The national treasure of Georgia has found a new home here at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Now and for generations to come - Your Excellency - the Georgian poem - the Knight in the Panther Skin by Shota Rustaveli will inspire visitors from all over the world, who come to the United Nations. The values of friendship and humanity, cherished by Rustaveli in this 12th century poem resonate with our world today and more importantly with the values of the United Nations. Your Excellency, the gift is a sign of Georgia"s strong commitment to friendship of nations, to peace, to freedom and of course to international cooperation”, - stated Atul Khare, UN Under-Secretary General.
The Prime Minister of Georgia received a postal stamp collection marking the 850th Jubilee of Shota Rustaveli as a gift from the UN Under-Secretary General. Commemorative memorabilia was released in 2018 by the United Nations Postal Administration.