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1.4 The modern era of Heraldry


As a European creation, heraldry was foreign to the local peoples, but they adopted and adapted it to express their own cultures.

Animals are depicted in a natural rather than heraldic style.

Traditional components of the achievement are replaced by local artefacts.


Local weapons replace the helm and crest.


Leaves replace traditional mantling.

In Africa the knight's shield was replaced by the native wooden shield.

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