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Dictionary of Vexillology: Appendix V
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The common attitudes and presentation of heraldic beasts are listed below:
- The claws, teeth and beaks of beasts are of a different tincture to the rest
of the body.
Lion Rampant Sable, Armed and Langued Gules, Flanders
- When an animal is facing towards the sinister rather than the usual dexter.
- When an animal is depicted as lying down, with its head generally facing towards
- Cut off in a straight line as is often the case with the heads and limbs of
animals but see ‘couped’ main entry (also 'erased').
A dexter hand couped at the wrist, Northern Ireland
- When an animal has its face towards the onlooker - gardant.
Three Lions Passant Guardant Or, Armed and Langued
Azure, Duchy of Lancaster, UK (Graham Bartram)
- As couped above, but with the dividing line ragged or uneven.
Three heads Erased Sable, Lennik, Belgium (fotw)
- The tongue of the beast, if shown, is of different tincture than the rest
of the body.
Lion Passant Sable, Armed and Langued Gules, Aalter, Belgium (fotw)
- When an animal is depicted walking on all four paws, generally towards the
Three Bears Passant, Beernem, Belgium (fotw)
- When a charge is shown in its natural shape and colours, as opposed to stylised
heraldic colours or shapes.
- When an animal is depicted rearing on its hind legs with forepaws and claws
Lion Rampant Gules, Armed and Langued Azure, Royal
Banner of Scotland (Graham Bartram)
- When an animal is looking to the rear over its shoulder irrespective of its
- When an animal is depicted on all four feet standing still whilst facing the
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