Skull (Period)

Skull (Period)

A skull is the shell of bone found within a beast’s head; the default skull is a human skull, and is also called a “death’s head”, especially when drawn without the lower jaw.  It’s found in the arms of Bolter, 1632 [Guillim2 161], but is more famous as the attributed arms of Death [Neubecker 222].

There’s also a period example of an animal’s skull:  the cow’s skull in the canting arms of Capo di Vacca, c.1550 [BSB Cod.Icon 275:23].

All skulls are affronty (cabossed) by default.  The field should not show through the eye and nasal cavities.  For related charges, see head, skeleton.

Jeremy of the East bears:  Argent, a skull sable.

Calam Stiùbhard bears:  Per pale gules and argent, a death’s head counterchanged.

Bodo Rosti bears:  Quarterly sable and gules, in bend sinister two jawless skulls argent.

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