Wednesday 2 March 2016

The Heraldic Tiger

You have to be careful when you ask a herald to charge a beast on your arms. You might not get what you expect.

If you ask for a Tiger you will get a female Tiger, which looks like this

As you can see, is usually charged gules (red) looking in a mirror.

This is due to a legend that you could escape from a female tiger by showing her a mirror. She would either be entranced by her reflection, or think she was looking at her cub (depending on the version of the legend) and you could get away.

If you specified a male Tiger, it would look like this

What most people would be expecting to get is this

This is charged as a Bengal Tiger.

Until next time


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