|Quick Reference: Quadruped Postures|
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Quick Reference: Quadruped PosturesQuadrupeds (four-legged creatures) come in many shapes and sizes. Pictured below are but a few of the myriad of creatures known to heraldry.
In addition to the many different types of four legged creatures found in heraldry, most all of the creatures can be depicted in many different manners, known as postures. Below is a list of standard heraldic postures, along with depictions and descriptions of each.
Finally, the position of the head, if not looking 'forward', is blazoned explicitly. If the beast is looking at the viewer, it is considered "gardant" and if it is looking back over it's shoulder, it is considered "regardant". Thus:
This page originally appeared in a Heraldic Primer originally created by Iulstan Sigewealding (Stephen Gold) and expanded/updated by Meradudd Cethin (Timothy Shead). Some minor formatting changes, fixes, and updates have been made to bring it in alignment with current practice.
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