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 green wings with feathered bone, 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 movie Godzilla vs Kong, Kong fought against these types of creatures at Hollow earth often called as Warbat while in search of his family. Amphitheres also appear in other modern fictional works.

See also

References

  1. ^ Rose, Carol. (2000). Giants, Monsters and Dragons. Norton
  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 June 7, 2019.