Heraldry in South Africa

An ABC of Heraldry

Heraldry has a language all its own: a language of colour, pattern and symbolism. This section of Armoria will endeavour to introduce this language – as well as the wording used to describe it, known as blazon – as simply and graphically as possible.

the colour gold, called ‘‘or’’ the colour red, called ‘‘gules’’ the heraldic fur called vair the colour green, called ‘‘vert’’

Colours used in heraldry

The shape and style of the armorial shield

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

a classic heater-shaped shield a rectangular shield two curvaceous shield styles Nguni shield shapes used in South Africa

The language of heraldry

Heraldry in the 21st century

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