I am particularly interested in heraldry, so I assembled one with Chinese elements by myself. The one below is the coat of arms of the German Empire. Can you compare the two coats of arms?
The meaning of the double dragon coat of arms: The sun and the moon in the middle represent our China (the universe is the same as the sun and the moon, and China is the same country). The 12 radiances surrounding the sun and the moon illuminate the land of China. The two blue dragons symbolize that we Chinese are dragons. The descendant of, blue also symbolizes peace, and the other layer represents the meaning of blue and white porcelain. The peony flower under the dragon symbolizes the grace and beauty of Chinese women. The mirror image underneath represents our Chinese doctrine of the mean and the local religion-Taoism. , The four gods Wadang in the middle of the shield are the green dragon, vermilion bird, white tiger, and Xuanwu. These four beasts will always defend our Chinese land and people. The white sword in the middle symbolizes the Chinese people’s abundant martial virtues and our belief and spirit that we are never afraid of sacrifice.
Let me start with the conclusion: European coat of arms is a graphical language with complicated grammar. The heraldry’s precise transmission of information is the primary, but beautification is secondary. Any pattern that does not follow the rules can not convey information, and naturally it is not a heraldry. The pattern of the subject is such a pattern. The rules of heraldry generally have several aspects (written from memory, with omissions and suggestions). First, the color, white and silver are common in the heraldry, and it is regarded as one color, and yellow and gold are also common. These two colors are called metallic colors, and the other colors are non-metallic colors. Metal colors are not allowed to be adjacent. (Except for a few particularly powerful coats of arms such as the Kingdom of Jerusalem) The coat of arms of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, a rare example of mixed metal colors, is generally not allowed in the second shape. The common coat of arms is generally a shield shape, the coat of arms of aristocratic women is a diamond shape, and the coat of arms of a sinner is an upside down shield to show humiliation. The third is structure. When several families are married, the nobles who inherit multiple family lineages will put the coats of arms of several families into their own coat of arms in the order of respecting males, left females and right on the upper left. The royal coat of arms of England, the golden lion (leopard) on the red background represents England, and the iris represents France. Britain has long insisted on its claim to France for a long time, so the iris flower has existed in its coat of arms for a long time. From the perspective of the quadrant, the upper left is the iris flower, which represents the royal family’s belief that the heritage of France is higher than or equal to the heritage of England. At the same time, pay attention to the white railing symbol at the top of the coat of arms, which means that this is the coat of arms of the eldest son. The fourth is the pattern. Generally nobles can draw their own patterns according to their own fortune origin, but there are still some rules and fixed meanings. For example, the four-legged beast on the coat of arms of the British royal family is called a lion facing the front (face facing the audience), and the one facing the audience (the kind used by the British royal family) is called a leopard. It has nothing to do with which one looks like. The leopard has a derogatory meaning in heraldry, so the British royal family has always described their heraldry as a four-legged beast, and never mentions the leopard. A coat of arms in the history of the British Empire. From a quarterly perspective, the upper left is England (including lions and irises), and the upper right red lion is Scotland (Scotland is a lion in the heraldic sense, and the three in England are actually leopards). The lower left harp is Ireland. Since there is no fourth coat of arms, fill in England again in the lower right. The order of weight of the three territories can also be seen from the coat of arms. Demonstration of heraldry combination inheritance, among which the diamond is the female heraldry and the fifth is the fixed pattern. A fixed pattern on the coat of arms will convey additional information. For example, adding a railing-shaped block (E turned 90 degrees clockwise) means that the person is the eldest son of the family and has the right to inherit. Finally, other accessories, such as the shield holders on the left and right, and the crown on the top, generally reflect the status of the family. They are part of the large coat of arms used on grand occasions, but they are not the core necessary elements of the coat of arms. One of the most complicated heraldry. There are more than 700 divisions. One of the best things in heraldry is that the heraldic officer can record all the elements on a very complicated heraldry in written form, and then give it to another one. The heraldic officer can redraw a coat of arms with the same meaning (the picture may be different) according to the description, and tell the family inheritance of the coat of arms, and even directly say which nobleman’s coat of arms it is. This kind of fine information transmission is the essence of heraldry. And the pattern of the subject, analyze the meaning of the pattern. Let’s first look at the twelve-pointed star in the middle of the sun and moon and the red and blue colors, which were the symbols used in the Ming Dynasty. But the logo was used five times repeatedly, for unknown reasons (megatrons?) Then there were four beasts in each dynasty, representing the southeast, northwest, and the top position of the shield did not follow the southeast, northwest. Then there is the five-clawed dragon, which represents the royal rank, but the dragon is incomplete and lacks half of its body, which is more taboo. There are also anti-yin and yang fish below. I don’t know what the flower means or what it means. It may be a pure beautification function. If you want to express the meaning, it seems that there is not much meaning (China does not have heraldry, and it is impossible to accurately understand the intent of heraldry) If it’s just for good looks, the color scheme and complexity determine it is impossible to see where to go. And it’s really not practical to be so complicated. It’s hard to copy either has meaning or it’s easy to use. It’s better to choose one of the two.