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Physical figures


  The figures that we can call physical because they are taken from nature or art (unlike the pieces , which are more geometric ), Divide into three groups: natural, artificial and chimerical , depending on whether they are taken from nature, from art or from fantasy.

There are countless figures that the Heraldry takes from the three kingdoms of the Nature , because they have served the minerals, the plants, animals, man, elements, the sky.
Some animals do not draw in their own natural form. but heraldry , disfiguring them with angulosities, especially lions, leopards and eagles.
They say faced figures which are placed looking at each other; townhouses , they turn their backs; contoured , if they look to the left of the shield, because the common thing is to look to the right; embarrassed , if they are disposed to start the flight; explayadas , the birds whose wings are directed towards the upper part of the shield; amazed , the birds (almost always apricots) that are represented with wings extended and whose feathers go down vertical; rampantes , (especially, lions), when they are in profile with their front legs raised; interns , when they walk; nascent , when only the upper half of his figure appears.

Confronted figures

It's called encounter , a head in front; priming , an animal with prey; engolado , any object (the piece banda , usually) grasped at its extremities by two heads that seem to devour it. And like these, many other names are used in Heraldry, expressing the attitudes and positions of the animals.
Human figures almost always have the natural color of their faces and hands, which is called

Artificial figures are often religious objects, clothing, utensils of arts and crafts, weapons, effusions, ships.

The most frequent chimerical or fantastic figures are: the grifo (lion with wings and eagle's head), the dragon (reptile with eagle wings and lion's claws), the winged serpent, the mermaid, the centaur, etc.

Centaur of the Bestiary

All the predicted figures are usually drawn with the heraldic colors, but if they present their own coloration, they are said to be natural.

The use of the contoured figures, as well as that of the honorable piece said bar , is indicative of bastard knights.

Not only the mentioned figures, but even their attitude, position and number, have their symbolic expression and their historical memories, for which interpretation very long treatises are required. As a small sample of such representations, serve the following examples:

The lions, symbol of majesty, remember in many shields the trips of the knights to Africa;
blackbirds and other migrating birds are drawn without legs and without beaks, meaning trips to Overseas with consequent breakdowns;
the crosses, the shells and the half-moons, which abound in the coats of arms, evoke the memory of the Crusades and the trips to the East;
the stars, suns and moons of the shields represent the ancient knights, said of the Sun , of the Moon , etc., in the tournaments.
The glasses denote the office of Copero Mayor that had some nobleman in another time.
The weapons of the most illustrious ancient families have, in common, figures speakers ;, the tower is symbol of the house of the Tower; the cauldrons, of the Calderoˇn family, the six globules (that in their principles were pills), of the family of the Medici, etc.

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