A Heraldic Primer: Field Divisions

The field may be divided into multiple sections in certain conventional ways. The field is still considered to be a single layer, so no section is considered to be "on" any other.

In general the sections of a divided field are blazoned in the order that one would read a page: primarily from top to bottom and secondarily from left to right, as one faces the shield.

Two-part Field Divisions

Per bend sable and argent.
Per bend
Per bend sinister sable and argent.
Per bend sinister
Per chevron sable and argent.
Per chevron
Per chevron inverted sable and argent.
Per chevron inverted
Per fess sable and argent.
Per fess
Per pale sable and argent.
Per pale

Three-part Field Divisions

Per pall sable, argent, and gules.
Per pall
Per pall inverted sable, argent, and gules.
Per pall inverted

Four-part Field Divisions

Per saltire sable and argent.
Per saltire
Quarterly sable and argent.
Quarterly

Eight-part Field Division

Gyronny sable and argent.
Gyronny

Many-part Field Divisions

With these divisions, the number of parts is usually an unspecified even number greater than four.

Barry sable and argent.
Barry
Bendy argent and sable.
Bendy
Bendy sinister sable and argent.
Bendy sinister
Chequy sable and argent.
Chequy
Lozengy argent and sable.
Lozengy
Paly sable and argent.
Paly
Pily sable and argent.
Pily