Monday, August 22, 2022

The Arms of the Inner Temple

Having looked at the many, often differing, versions of the arms of the Middle Temple last time, today we're going to see the many depictions - not so widely differing - of the arms of The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. These arms are blazoned Azure a Pegasus forceny [wings elevated and addorsed] [sometimes, segreant] argent.

These first two images seem to treat the Pegasus like a crest; it almost looks like it's standing on a torse.

But then we find it on shields:

Or not on shields:

That's a wonderful display of heraldry, in a number of different media, and carvings of greater or lesser depth. Compare, for example, the last two images with each other.

I find it all simply fascinating to see!

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