The legend of the moor's head derives from the practice of cutting off the head of a defeated chieftain. This the Genoans did to Sampiero Corso. Pope Boniface VIII, in 1297, who was the lord of the island, gave Corse and Sardinia to Jaime II, King of Aragón. He then placed three moor's heads with bandages over their eyes in his Corsican arms. Sardinia bore four. They were shown sable for heraldic reasons and were not meant to represent negroes heads.
The large arms of Corse show two mermen as supporters:
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