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TRANSVAAL MUSEUM

Arms of Transvaal Museum

Official blazon

  • (af)

Wapen: Ingeskulp deursnede, silwer en rooi, in die skildhoof 'n voorstelling van 'n boomkladogram van swart en in die skildvoet 'n voorstelling van DNA-spirale van silwer en goud.
Helmteken: 'n Asende breekoparend met vlerke omhoog, van natuurlike kleur.
Wrong en Dekklede: Silwer en rooi.
Wapenspreuk: VITAE COGNOSCERE CAUSAS

  • (en)

Arms: Per fess invected, Argent and Gules, in chief a representation of a tree cladogram Sable and in base a representation of DNA spirals Argent and Or.
Crest: A martial eagle with wings displayed preying, proper.
Wreath and mantling: Argent and Gules.
Motto: VITAE COGNOSCERE CAUSAS

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on August 21, 1991.

In these arms the charge in chief is a tree clado­gram, a symbol of the evolutionary process and thus well-known in the natural history museum context. It is shown in conjunction with a DNA spiral, the key of life.

The martial eagle chosen for the crest is displayed in the foyer of the Transvaal Museum, which is well-known for its ornithological collection.


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Literature : Image from The Evolution of a Distinctive South African Idiom 1963-1996, Genealogica & Heraldica Ottawa 1996