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Ansteorra ILoI - 2023-07-10

18: Tatiana Verlioni -Resub Device Change

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in March of 2009, via Atenveldt.

Per fess argent and Or chape barry Or and azure, a peacock proper, on a chief azure a canopy top argent.

Old Item: Vert semy of roses, a unicorn couchant contourny argent., to be retained as a badge.

This item was on the 01-2023 LoAR

"This device is returned for lack of documentation of this form of canopy. This submission would have been the defining instance of this canopy, similar to the attested ombrellino but lacking the center pole. However, while the submitter provided period examples of the canopy as depicted in art, the charge used in the device submission deviated significantly, having several significant, isolated dags, where the documented forms consistently lack them utterly, having a flat edge.

In addition, there were some problems with the documentation provided. While the sources identified the canopy as a pyx, a pyx is a small, round container that holds the host or Eucharist. The submitter's document provided no other term for the circular canopy, so it will continue to be identified as a conical canopy. From the documentation provided, a structure normally hangs from the center of the conical canopy; in only one image provided did a structure not hang beneath. This structure was missing in the submitted armory. Additional images without the structure would assist in determining how identifiable the conical canopy would be."

The previous submission was to be a DEVICE CHANGE with the previously registered device being retained as a BADGE. This remains the submitter's wish, please! Additionally, the proposed blazon remains unchanged: Per fess argent and Or chapé barry Or and azure, a peacock proper, on a chief azure a canopy argent.

RESUB written documentation begins HERE:

Canopy/Canoppie - (SENA A.2B2.a) "A constructed element as a new charge based on tools and everyday artifacts." This term was used in England as the name of conical pieces of fabric that were commonly placed above altars to cover the suspended Tabernacle known as a hanging pyx/pix. The purpose of these large canopies was to prevent even a glimpse of the pyx, which was often covered by an additional veil. Suspended canopies were frequently depicted above royalty, such as when seated upon their throne, with or without an honour cloth coming down behind. Many of these canopies were illustrated as having shreds (dags), fringe, tassels, or even bells! (See Image 6 for the design used in creating this submission)


1. "Above the pyx, King mentions that a circular tent-like canopy was also suspended. This construction can be seen in various medieval manuscripts." [ ]

2. "…During the two centuries preceding the Reformation the more usual method of reservation in England was the Hanging Pyx or Suspended Tabernacle. It was also common in some places on the Continent, especially in France, where its use was not infrequent as late as the seventeenth century. Plate 1 shows the method of suspension, though the somewhat large canopy prevents even a glimpse of the veil covering the actual pyx." (Bold type and italics added for emphasis because the canopy is a separate item from the pyx itself) This link includes a picture taken from an early fifteenth-century French MS:

3. Additional information and images for hanging pyx and their accompanying canopies may be found here:

Image descriptions and corresponding links:

IMAGE 1: An Illuminated Biblical scene of King Herod seated "… on draped throne upon platform and beneath canopy suspended from ceiling." found in a medieval Book of Hours from France, Paris, ca. 1500 known as MS H.5 (fol. 69r) located at the Morgan Library and Museum

IMAGE 2: In the Romance of Alexander Illuminated c. 1344, Bodleian Library MS. Bodl. 264, pg. 64 (fol. 21v)

IMAGE 3: Virgin Mary: Annunciation, The Morgan Library and Museum, Book of Hours, France, Paris, early 16th century MS M.1114 fol. 11r

IMAGE 4: The Presentation in the Temple, Library of Congress, Book of Hours France, Paris, c. 1524 Rosenwald MS. 10 pg. 53

IMAGE 5: Petrus Christus - The Virgin and Child with St. Barbara and Jan Vos (Exeter Virgin), ca. 1450 Oil on panel 7 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. (19.5 x 14 cm) Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin [ ]

IMAGE 6: Engraving on paper designed by Étienne Delaune (1518/19-1583) - Please note: The submitted charge design was based on THIS image *minus the dangling bits suspended below the canopies)

IMAGE 7: Dorothea von Daenmark (Dorothy of Denmark), Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg. DETAIL from the open altarpiece located in the Celle Palace Chapel. The altarpiece is attributed to Ludger Tom Ring the Younger - oil on panel, c. 1569.

IMAGE 8: FULL image of the aforementioned triptych altarpiece showing the Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg on the right-hand side. The left-hand image shows her husband, Duke William the Younger, below a slightly different suspended canopy. The painting is attributed to Ludger Tom Ring the Younger - oil on panel, c. 1569.

Asterisk Note: Be advised submitter has included 8 images, the system will only allow for 5 ~ Asterisk believes 6 & 8 to be important for type of canopy, the links are included in the documentation. In the event anyone needs to see #4 and #5, just request.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:

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