Heraldic charges  - attitude 

Examples of heraldic animals in different positions 

In heraldry an attitude is the position in which an animal, mythical creature etc  is emblazoned as a charge, 

supporter or crest.

Animals and animal-like creatures are presumed to be shown in profile,  humans and human-like beings 

are presumed to be shown facing frontward ( afftonté )

       Directions:

      a.)   Dexter (right) - the viewer's left.

      b.)  Sinister (left) - turned to face the viewer's right.

      c.)  Affronté  -  an animal or being that is faced toward the viewer. 

      d.)  Guardant  -  head turned to face the viewer.

      e.)  Regardant  - head turned backward, looking over it's shoulder.

While there are a large number of terms for attitudes of creatures may exist - 

the following are a small selection of the most popular among these.

 

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Heraldic animals displayed in a variety of positions.

 

               THE LION 

Lion coward

Lion rampant

Lion rampant double queued

Lion rampant queue fourché

Lion rampant regardant

Lion rampant tail nowed

Demi lion rampant

 

Lion salient

Lion sejant erect

 Lion sejant

Lion sejant regardant erect

Lion statant

Lion passant

Lion passant guardant

Lion passant regardant

Lion couchant

Lion head couped

Lion head 

Winged lion

Man Lion

Medieval battle 

shields 

 

 

Gold leaf gilded

 knight shield

 

Old World 

family crest plaque

 

Family crest on wooden

plaque with gold leaf wash

 

             THE BEAR

Bear passant

Bear statant

Bear rampant

Bear sejant erect

Bear head couped

Bear head erased muzzled

Demi bear rampant muzzled

Family crest on wooden

plaques

 

Family crest on 

wooden plate

 

Coat of Arms seal

 

Double crest -

wedding crest on 

wooden box

 

 

     THE BOAR

Boar rampant

Boar passant

 

Demi boar rampant 

Boar head erased

                 THE BULL                                                                           THE PEGASUS

Bull passant

 

 

Bull rampant

 

Pegasus passant

Pegasus rampant

           THE HORSE   

Horse rampant

Horse passant

Horse courant

Horse head erased

            THE GRIFFIN

 

Griffin segreant

Griffin statant

Griffin passant

 

Griffin head erased

 THE EAGLE

 

Eagle close

Eagle displayed

Eagle rising wings elevated

Eagle wings inverted

Eagle rising wings elevated addorsed

Eagle head couped

 

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