Door (Period)

Door (Period)

Open doors on doorframe (Period)

Open doors on stooped arch (Period)

A door is an entrance to a room or edifice.  It is hinged along one side, and usually has a ringed handle or a keyhole on the other.  It is left to the artist whether the hinged side is on the dexter or sinister side of the door.

The door may be drawn without a frame, as in the arms of Portinari, c.1475 [Huntington Library art collection]; however, in period emblazons, the door is more frequently found inset into an arch or wall.  The canting arms of Portenau or Portnaw, c.1460 [GATD 18], with open double-doors hinged on an arch, was a common heraldic motif for doors.

See also drawbridge, gate, portcullis.

Galen Litelpage of Redore bears:  Argent masoned sable, an arched door gules, banded and handled azure.

Kenneth Underhwealf bears:  Or, a wooden door proper, hinged, latched and padlocked, in base a key fesswise, wards to sinister sable.

Aleksandr Vasilyevich Lev bears:  Azure, a lion rampant guardant maintaining a patriarchal crozier, within a stooped arch, doors open, all Or.

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