Camel statant (Period)

Camel statant (Period)

The camel is a desert-dwelling beast famed for its ill temper – yet paradoxically, because it kneels to receive its load, a medieval symbol of humility as well.

The default camel is the single-humped camel, also called a “dromedary”; this is the form used in the arms of Schmotlzn, 1605 [Siebmacher 72].  If the “Bactrian camel” with two humps is intended, it must be so specified; it too is found in period armory, as the crest of Caunton, c.1528 [Woodcock & Robinson pl.13].

The camel can be shown “saddled and bridled” with tackle designed for camels; or “laden” with goods for transport.  It doesn’t seem to have a default posture; the illustration shows a camel statant.  See also ypotryll.

Ayesha of the Dancing Camel bears:  Sable, a camel courant Or.

Arnulf of Ad Flumen Caerulum bears:  Gules, a Bactrian camel passant argent crowned Or.

Jamal Damien Marcus bears as a badge:  A camel couchant argent, saddled and bridled gules.

Eadweard Boise the Wright bears:  Argent, a dromedary couchant contourny sable laden gules within a bordure azure.

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