World Civic Heraldry Guide: coats of arms and flags of cities, regions, states
Zimbabwe, coat of arms
ARMS: Vert, a representation of a portion of the Great Zimbabwe proper, on a chief argent seven palets wavy azure. Behind the shield are placed in saltire an agricultural hoe, blade pointed to dexter and an A.K. automatic rifle in bend sinister, foresight uppermost, all proper.
CREST: On a wreath or and vert a mullet gules debruised by a representation of the Great Zimbabwe Bird or.
SUPPORTERS: On either side a kudu proper upon an earthen mound adorned with stalks of wheat, a cotton boll and a head of maize, all proper.
The green shield represents the fertility of our soil while the blue and white wavy lines symbolise the water which brings prosperity. The representation of Great Zimbabwe stands for the historical heritage of the nation. The rifle and hoe represent the transition from war to peace. The wreath is formed of twisted strips of gold and green silk, and represents the mining and agricultural enterprise which protects our national economy. This supports the crest in which the star is an ancient symbol of hope for the future, tinctured red to remind us of the suffering of all our peoples and the need to avoid any recurrence of that suffering. The star bears the Great Zimbabwe bird which has become our distinctive national emblem. The kudu in their natural colours display a harmonious blend of black, white and brown which may be taken to symbolise the unity of purpose of the various ethnic groups which comprise the people of this country. The earthen mound bears the plants which give food and clothing to the people and the motto reminds us of our need to maintain a desire for national unity and the will to work, in order to preserve the freedom which we enjoy.
(Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Ottawa, www.docuweb.ca/Zimbabwe)
adopted (dd.mm.yyyy): 21.09.1981
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