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Melusina    From the crest of the Colonna family. Those who read Italian may be interested in a symbological analysis of this mermaid - referred to the mosaic in the cathedral of Otranto - but without doubt representing the same person.  itis.volta.alessandria.it/episteme/ep5/ep5-scala2.htm  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonna_family

Melusina From the crest of the Colonna family. Those who read Italian may be interested in a symbological analysis of this mermaid - referred to the mosaic in the cathedral of Otranto - but without doubt representing the same person. itis.volta.alessandria.it/episteme/ep5/ep5-scala2.htm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonna_family

Armes de Mandin l'envoisié, 15e siècle

Armes de Mandin l'envoisié, 15e siècle

The Coat of Arms of Warsaw features a siren (identified in Polish as a syrenka) She is the water-spirit from the Vistula who identified the proper site for the city to Boreslaus of Masovia in the late 13th century. Equivalent of Melusine European folkloric feminine spirit of fresh waters in sacred springs and rivers. - a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down (mermaid), sometimes with wings, two tails or both. Used as a heraldic figure, typically in German Coats of arms +scaly…

The Coat of Arms of Warsaw features a siren (identified in Polish as a syrenka) She is the water-spirit from the Vistula who identified the proper site for the city to Boreslaus of Masovia in the late 13th century. Equivalent of Melusine European folkloric feminine spirit of fresh waters in sacred springs and rivers. - a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down (mermaid), sometimes with wings, two tails or both. Used as a heraldic figure, typically in German Coats of arms +scaly…

Ex Libris C. Grasemann

Ex Libris C. Grasemann

Ex Libris C. Grasemann

Ex Libris C. Grasemann

Study for a Stained-Glass Window with the Coat of Arms of the Barons von Paar (recto); Study for a Scepter with the Initials MB verso) (Getty Museum)

Study for a Stained-Glass Window with the Coat of Arms of the Barons von Paar (recto); Study for a Scepter with the Initials MB verso) (Getty Museum)

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN II 3, p. 90r – Matriculation Register of the Rectorate of the University of Basel, Volume 1 (1460-1567) by...

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN II 3, p. 90r – Matriculation Register of the Rectorate of the University of Basel, Volume 1 (1460-1567) by...

Dance Macabre bookplate, Antonio Steinhaur {c.1744}

Dance Macabre bookplate, Antonio Steinhaur {c.1744}

Ade, Mathilde (1877-1953): Aus der Bibliothek von Walther Schreiber. Mädchenreigen um Venus von Milo vor antikem Tempel, unten vier Gelehrte, ein übergroßes Buch erforschend.

Ade, Mathilde (1877-1953): Aus der Bibliothek von Walther Schreiber. Mädchenreigen um Venus von Milo vor antikem Tempel, unten vier Gelehrte, ein übergroßes Buch erforschend.

Hugo Gerhard Ströhl: "Heraldischer Atlas". Stuttgart 1899. Wilde Männer und Frauen als Schildhalter

Hugo Gerhard Ströhl: "Heraldischer Atlas". Stuttgart 1899. Wilde Männer und Frauen als Schildhalter

This coat-of-arms comes from the Palazzo Alidosio at Cesesna in Italy (demolished between 1838 and 1846).  The three naked women depicted on the shield are the Three Graces, the emblem of Obizzo. Heraldry from this period did not shrink from representing naked human figures, but often found ingenious ways of preserving their decency. Here the coronet which maintains the dignity of the women also signifies Obizzo’s status as Lord of Castelo del Rio.

This coat-of-arms comes from the Palazzo Alidosio at Cesesna in Italy (demolished between 1838 and 1846). The three naked women depicted on the shield are the Three Graces, the emblem of Obizzo. Heraldry from this period did not shrink from representing naked human figures, but often found ingenious ways of preserving their decency. Here the coronet which maintains the dignity of the women also signifies Obizzo’s status as Lord of Castelo del Rio.

This is a plan and elevation of the Dutch town of Bois le Duc, also called Hertogenbosch, made by the famous map and printmaker Frederick de Wit at the end of the 17th century. Astride the coat of arms for the town are two supposedly allegorical figures, one could be the figure of Justice holding a sword and weighing scales and the other is a nude woman holding a palm and balancing an image of the sun on her index finger.

This is a plan and elevation of the Dutch town of Bois le Duc, also called Hertogenbosch, made by the famous map and printmaker Frederick de Wit at the end of the 17th century. Astride the coat of arms for the town are two supposedly allegorical figures, one could be the figure of Justice holding a sword and weighing scales and the other is a nude woman holding a palm and balancing an image of the sun on her index finger.

Mermaid and Triton supporters.

Mermaid and Triton supporters.

Shield of Nüremberg.

Shield of Nüremberg.