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Attributed arms of Jesus

As this is the 2008 Christmas post, I decided to make this about the attributed arms of Jesus Christ. Let’s not forget, Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth in Christian faith.

We’ve already discussed attributed arms in a previous post. The oldest attributed arms to the Christ are from the early 13th century and they are all based on the instruments of the Passion. Below are the attributed arms of Jesus from the Hyghalmen Roll created in the 15th century.

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As you can see the crest in the one image is Jesus’ seamless tunic (also used in the arms of the Bagration dynasty).

The arms in the other image are quarterly the five wounds, three jars of ointment, two rods in saltire and the head of Judas Iscariot with the bag of silver around his neck. The banner is quarterly a Jew’s head spitting, three dice (used by the Roman soldiers to gamble for Jesus’ clothes, a hand grasping a lock of hair and Herod’s head. The crest is the pillar of flagellation upon which is St. Peter’s rooster.

Also in the 15th century we find another book from Lorraine that depicts another shield attributed to Jesus azure the Passion. A crown of thorns is used as a crest coronet with a royal helm. The crest is the Lion of Judah.

Attributed coats of arms

We’ve talked about arms of of countries and of individuals. We’ve talked about unique arms and duplicate arms. We’ve even covered how to obtain a new coat of arms. This time we’ll talk about arms that were never used by their supposed owners, usually because heraldry didn’t exist yet when they were alive.

These arms are called attributed arms. Almost all popular personages have been attributed arms, from Jesus to Alexander the Great to the legendary King Arthur, even Satan!

Sometimes, arms were given to kings and heroes of foreign and exotic lands that didn’t themselves have a heraldic tradition.

It appears that these phenomenon first began in literature of the 12th century, coinciding with the general introduction of heraldry in Europe. Over the centuries, these arms even found themselves into rolls of arms compiled in the continent.

Sometimes, new coats of arms were created but used attributed arms in quarterings to support their claim of descent from a legendary figure.

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