Thursday, 8 November 2007

Heraldic Poses

Animals can be described in a huge variety of poses, including

- rampant (the typical heraldic pose, on one leg),

- salient (springing from two legs),

- passant (standing on three legs, front one raised),

- statant (on four legs),

- sejant (seated),

- couchant (lying on all fours with head up, like a sphinx), or

- dormant (sleeping).


Birds are drawn

- erect (similar to rampant, standing upright facing right with both wings on left side) or

- displayed ('spread-eagled').

Heads look towards the right, unless they are

- guardant (looking out at the viewer).



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