Emblem of Tajikistan

 Lynn Atchison Beech
Emblem of Tajikistan

The State Emblem of Tajikistan is a modified version of the original coat of arms of the Tajik SSR that was in use until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Like other post-Soviet republics whose symbols do not predate the October Revolution, the current emblem retains some components of the Soviet one. Prior to 1992, Tajikistan had a coat of arms similar to all other Soviet Republics.

The crown at the center of the emblem is the same as the Tajik national flag, and refers to the Persian word taj, meaning crown, from which the name of the Tajik people is said to be derived, according to one interpretation. The base of the emblem contains a representation of a book and the Pamir Mountains. The emblem is flanked by cotton on one side and wheat on the other, as well a banner of the national red-white-green colors of Tajikistan is wrapped around the cotton and wheat.

The first emblem of independent Tajikistan in 1992-1993 was changed by the government of Emomalii Rahmon, which came to power at the end of 1992. The short-lived arms bore a striking resemblance to the Persian Lion and Sun used by Iran before the 1979 revolution.

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