So in keeping with the Christmas season, here are two different renditions (and two versions - one the black and white original and the second one hand-colored) of the arms of the Magi, wise men "from the East" who brought gifts to the newborn child in Bethlehem.
I've added my own translations from the German of the descriptions below.
First, the black and white version from Virgil Solis’ Wappenbuchlein, published in Nuremberg in 1555. (A reprint of the entire “heraldry booklet” is available to purchase softbound or in .pdf format at: http://www.appletonstudios.com/BooksandGames.htm)
The Holy Three Kings: Caspar, Balthaser, and Melcher
And finally, from the Wernigeroder Wappenbuch, created in the late 1400s, available to view on-line or as a free download in .pdf format from the website of the Bavarian State Library at: http://bsb-mdz12-spiegel.bsb.lrz.de/~db/0004/bsb00043104/images/
The holy three kings
The holy king Caspar of Arabia
The holy king Balthasar of Tarsus (I think; the placename is not that easy to parse)
The holy king Melchior of Saba
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good (heraldic) night!
Large Coat of Arms of Russian Empire was instituted on November 3, 1882. It is a black double-headed eagle in the gold shield under three imperial crowns. геральдикаReplyDelete