- Artists in the 18th and 19th centuries found a way to represent a face of the nation just like it was done for a ruler or a person. They did this by personifying the nations or representing nations as if it were a person .
- Nations were portrayed as female figures and these figures were not at all related to women in real life , rather they sought to give the abstract idea of a nation in concrete form .
- Just like the attribute of Liberty is represented by a red cap or a broken chain and the attribute of Justice is represented by a blindfolded woman carrying weights , similarly nations were also represented by such allegories.
by one such
of the national
symbol of unity and her images were marked on coins and stamps .
- Similarly, Germania became an allegory for the nation of Germany .
NOTE: Allegory means when an abstract idea is represented through a person or a thing.