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Heraldry

Information on the history of emblems associated with groups of people, especially families, is presented at the museum’s Heraldry and Family Symbols section.

The section throws light upon the history, customs and rules related to coats of arms, which became hereditary symbols for specific families in Europe since the 12th century. Special attention is also paid to non-western ‘heraldic’ traditions such as the totem culture, found in different parts of the world, or the Samurai family symbols in Japan.