Opinicus statant (Period)

Opinicus statant (Period)

The opinicus is a chimerical monster with the head and wings of an eagle, the body and legs of a lion, mammalian ears, and the tail of a camel or bear.  It is very similar to the griffin, evidently a later variant form:  the illustration is taken from the grant to the Worshipful Company of Barbers, 1561 [Bromley & Child 14].

The opinicus does not seem to have a default posture; the illustration shows an opinicus statant.  For related charges, see hippogriff.

Fiammeta Attavanti bears:  Gyronny azure and Or, an opinicus statant gules.

Leopold von Haskenberg bears:  Azure, an opinicus sejant maintaining in its dexter upraised forepaw a goblet Or.

Christina Moncreife bears:  Per pale vert and purpure, an opinicus statant within a bordure argent.

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