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A shield bearing a person or institution's heraldic bearings. The term derives from the linen surcoat worn by medieval knights over their chain mail. Strictly speaking, only the shield itself can be ...
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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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2010
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Art & Architecture
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In *heraldry, the figures or animals which support the shield bearing the arms.

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