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2.3 Blazon and emblazonment


To emblazon arms is to paint them in full colour, according to the blazon. As accurate as the latter is, the same arms can be found in different variations due to artistic taste and style.

The Polish arms (White Eagle of Piat on red) were depicted in different forms at different periods.

There are a few versions of the arms of Columbus, showing variations of the quarters, position of lion, shape of islands, direction of anchors.

Lion rampant, no anchors

Lion rampant, anchors point to left

Lion passant, anchors point to left

     Lion rampant, anchors
     point downward

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