Cartouche (Accepted)

Cartouche (Accepted)

A cartouche is an oval or elliptical figure; its default orientation is palewise.  It is considered a shape upon which arms may be borne; thus, like the lozenge and escutcheon, when used as a fieldless badge it must not itself be charged.  Straight-sided cartouches are found in ancient Egyptian art; more oval cartouches were used for heraldic display [Hope 112].  Both forms have been accepted for Society use.  See also egg.

Michael the Dane bears:  Gules, on a fess argent a cartouche fesswise gules voided argent.

Axel Bohm bears:  Argent estencely sable, a cartouche gules.

Juana Isabella de Montoya y Ramirez bears:  Barry engrailed Or and vert, a cartouche pointed in chief and base counterchanged.

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