Heraldry ornament

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For Yule this year we’ve been asked to make ornaments of our heraldry to decorate the tree. This is my quick-&-dirty attempt the night before. It’s painted linen. Romans didn’t use heraldry in the SCA/ Medieval sense, so I co-opted a common* theme for Imperial Roman brooches, a rabbit with two young inside. I suspect they were worn by pregnant women or those wanting to be pregnant. Twins were highly prized and considered lucky in Rome. Although it’s a little later than ideal for me, this image is perfect for Tullia’s device, since she’s a midwife! I chose red and gold as the colors of the Roman Empire… but made the baby buns black so the mother wouldn’t look like she had holes punched in her. The device was approved Nov 2014, as Gules, a rabbit courant contorny Or, two rabbits couchant respectant sable and my badge is a sable rabbit courant contourney,rabbit-runningso if you see some feastware or a chair decorated with a black running bun (facing right), it’s mine!

My rabbit’s legs should be stretched out more in a run, but it’s not bad for a last-minute slap-up.

*I have a pretty good collection of pics of these but I won’t bore you with all of them. 🙂

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About Sharon Rose, LAc, MSAOM

Acupuncturist, medical massage therapist, historian, scientist, road-tripper, geek, LARP & board gamer, food fan, Roman fanatic, belly-laugher.
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