Greenwald Greenwald Manor Book - Page 52

Heraldic Crests The use of heraldic symbolism in design motifs appears throughout the Manor, from the custom-designed Greenwald crest, to those that can be seen in several paintings. Each design element of a coat of arms has a its own significance. The shape of the center shield and how it is divided has a meaning in each crest—whether it be vertical, horizontal, diagonal, using squares, chevrons, straight or wavy lines. The creatures on either side of the shield are called the supporters. Their position has a special meaning, standing, crouching, body facing in or away, whether or not it is showing its teeth, the position of the legs, head facing left or right. Historically, coat of arms designs are given a detailed description called a blazon, listing the elements and colors used and their exact placement. o 48