Book Of Traceable Heraldic Art

Serpent

See also: Serpent in Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry.

Serpent Entwined About A Pillar §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake. No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Guillim’s Display of Heraldry. Artist unknown.

Serpent Erect (1) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Heraldic Templates. Artist: Torric inn Björn.

Serpent Erect (2) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Artist: Jessimond of Emerickeskepe.

Serpent Erect (3) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Artist: Ræv Kolfinnsson.

Serpent Erect (4) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Armorial de Waignart. Artist: Pierre Waignart. (MS 251, folio 375r.)

Serpent Erect (5) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake. No default posture. No proper coloration.

The dragon-like head shown here is typical of early depictions of serpents.

Adapted by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin from a mosaic of the arms of the Visconti family of Milan.

Serpent Erect (6) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Sammelband Mehrerer Wappenbücher. Artist unknown. (Folio 18v.)

Serpent Erect Tail Coiled §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Viking Answer Lady SVG Images For Heralds. Artist: Gunnvôr silfrahárr.

Serpent Erect Tail Nowed §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Pennsic Traceable Art. Artist: Roana d’Evreux (attributed).

Serpent Erect Vorant of a Human (1) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

The dragon-like head shown here is typical of early depictions of serpents.

This arrangement with a serpent azure or vert is restricted as a badge of the Visconti family of Milan, where it is known as the “biscione.”

Adapted by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin froma mosaic of the arms of the Visconti family.

Serpent Erect Vorant of a Human (2) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

This arrangement with a serpent azure or vert is restricted as a badge of the Visconti family of Milan, where it is known as the “biscione.”

Source: Two Tudor Books of Arms. Artist: Robert Cooke. (From page 37.)

Serpent Glissant (1) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Pennsic Traceable Art. Artist unknown.

Serpent Glissant (2) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Scheibler Armorial. Artist unknown. (Arms of Elchingen, folio 88.)

Serpent Glissant (3) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Pennsic Heralds’ Point Artists. Artist unknown.

Serpent Glissant (4) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Artist: Ræv Kolfinnsson. Adapted by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.

Serpent Glissant (5) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Sammelband Mehrerer Wappenbücher. Artist unknown. (Folio 26r.)

Serpent Involved (1) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Artist: Ræv Kolfinnsson.

Serpent Involved (2) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Schlesisches Wappenbuch. Artist unknown. Adapted by Iago ab Adam.

Serpent In Annulo Vorant Of Its Tail (1) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake. No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Pennsic Traceable Art. Artist unknown.

Serpent In Annulo Vorant Of Its Tail (2) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Pennsic Heralds’ Point Artists. Artist: Myfanwy ferch Rhiannon. Adapted by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.

Serpent In Annulo Vorant Of Its Tail (3) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Artist: Þórý Veðardóttir. License: CC BY-NC-SA; commercial use requires permission.

Serpent Nowed (1) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Pennsic Traceable Art. Artist unknown.

Serpent Nowed (2) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Banners, Standards, and Badges. Artist: Thomas Willement.

Serpent Nowed (3) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Artist: Ræv Kolfinnsson.

Serpent Nowed (4) §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Artist: Gunnvôr silfrahárr.

Serpent's Head Erased §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Funeral Arms and Commissions for Visitations. Artist unknown. (Page 112.)

Two Serpents Entwined §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: Insignia Nobilium Veronensium, Vicentinorum. Artist unknown. (From the arms of Brognoniga, folio 12.)

Three Serpents Fretted §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Artist: Þórý Veðardóttir. Adapted by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. License: CC BY-NC-SA; commercial use requires permission.

Three Serpents In Annulo Fretted §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake. No default posture. No proper coloration.

Source: The Stammbuch of Eberhard Werll. Artist unknown. (Folio 107r.) Adapted by Groza Novgorodskaia.

Winged Serpent Glissant §

A snake. May be blazoned a “viper,” a “snake,” or any period variety of snake.

No default posture. No proper coloration.

Artist: Ræv Kolfinnsson.

Lion-Serpent §

A hybrid monster constructed from the front half of a lion and the tail end of a serpent.

Default posture unknown. No proper coloration.

Artist: Iago ab Adam. Adapted from Catalogue des Très Illustres Grands-Maistres de France.