Amphiptere by Edward Topsell (1608)
Amphiptere by Edward Topsell (1608)

An Amphiptere (also called Amphithere, Amphitere, or Phipthere; meaning bi-winged, two-winged) is a type of winged serpent found in European heraldry.[1]

Appearance

A heraldic amphiptere
A heraldic amphiptere

Amphipteres generally were said to have light-colored feathers like a sunrise, a serpentine body similar to a lindworm, bat-like wings with feathers covering most of the forearm and often greenish in coloration, and a long tail much like a wyvern's. Others are described as entirely covered in feathers with a spiked tail, bird-like wings, and a beak-like snout. Even more uncommon is the description of one with legs.[citation needed]

Usage

Amphipteres saw infrequent use as heraldic devices. Amphipteres are present on the arms of the House of Potier, which depict a bendlet purpure between two amphipteres or. The Potier heraldry also uses amphipteres as supporters, as do those of the Duke of Tresmes and Duke of Gesvres.[2]

Modern fiction

Amphitheres feature in the Dragonology series of books, which employ a conceit that dragons are real.[3] It also appears in Dracopedia: A Guide to Drawing the Dragons of the World.[citation needed]

In the 2021 film Godzilla vs. Kong, Kong fought against Amphiptere-type creatures called Warbats in the Hollow Earth.[4]

Amphitheres also appear in other modern fictional works.

See also

References

  1. ^ Rose, Carol (2000). Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-0874369885.
  2. ^ Fox-Davies, Charles (October 4, 2019). A Complete Guide to Heraldry. London: T.C. & E.C. Jack. ISBN 9781858910796.
  3. ^ "Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons". Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  4. ^ Godzilla vs. Kong theater program, 2 July 2021, p. 14