National and historical symbols of Hungary

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The Coat-of-Arms of the Village of Szalánta [¤]
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(Baranya County)

The description of Szalánta’s coat-of-arms is as follows:

Renaissance shield erect. Starting from beneath shield is surrounded by two laurel branches, reaching up to the chief. Leaves are vert (dark green), ribbed and contoured sable. This motif is of special importance for two reasons. On the one hand leaning branches also appear in the seal print of Németi from the feudal period. On the other hand this charge is part of both, the historical (going back to 1694) and the present-day coat-of-arms of Baranya County. The repeated appearance of this motif signifies that both settlements were and are parts of Baranya County.

Shield is a modernised version of spade shields and it is contoured sable. Shield is topped by the inscription of the settlement’s name, SZALÁNTA, inscribed in letters sable. The inscription echoes the slightly concave curving upper edge of the shield.

Shield is a version of quartered shields (Both party per pale and party per fess). Chief is tintcured or (dark yellow). Three dates are inscribed in chronological order in it: 1240, 1332 and 1804. The first date signals the first appearance of the settlement’s name in writing. The second date commemorates the year when the first parish was established in the village; a period, which means that the settlement already played a significant role. The third date marks the year of the construction of the settlement’s present-day church. The three dates are separated from each other by the motives of two roses azure and gules. These charges fulfil the function of heraldic dots which usually appear in inscriptions. The rose as charge appeared for the first time in the first known coat-of-arms of Szalánta, a design, which goes back to 1724. The floral charge both in heraldry and in sigillography is a reference to spring, the beginning of summer, the awakening and blooming of nature. The same charges of roses are borne in the fess, both on the sinister and on the dexter sides, thus the repetition reinforces the original meaning of the emblem.

Fess party per pale and azure. The thick pale is sable. The colour blue recalls the colour of the sky, good weather, the ripening of crops. On the sinister side a stylised ploughshare is borne encouped and argent. The ploughshare was part of the old seal of Németi as well, and this charge means the breaking of the soil and the cultivation of land, as well as the fact that the local inhabitants have always lived from agriculture and corn production. Corn symbolises the most common food, bread, and in more general terms it is the symbol of the everyday struggle for life as well as of security. On the dexter side a tree is borne, leaved vert, truncated proper (brown). It appears in between leaning ears of corn. The line of partititon is an undulating line, a fact, which recalls the hilly area between the mountains of Mecsek and Villány, where Szalánta is also located. The tincture of the base, the dark brown colour is a reference to the fertile soil of the region.