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Naiant

Naiant

Naiant is a term in heraldry which means swimming to the viewer's left.

The example illustrated below shows the three Dolphins naiant of the arms of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers of the City of London.

These Arms are blazoned -

Azure three Dolphins naiant embowed in pale argent finned toothed and crowned or between two pairs of Stockfish in saltire argent over the mouth of each Fish a Crown or on a Chief gules three pairs of Keys of St Peter in saltire or. Upon a Helm on a Wreath argent and sable, two Cubit arms the dexter vested or cuffed azure the sinister vested azure cuffed or the Hands argent holding an Imperial Crown proper. For Supporters, on the dexter side a Merman armed and holding in his right hand a Falchion and with his left sustaining the Helm and Timbre, and on the sinister side a Mermaid holding in her left hand a Mirror and supporting the Arms with her right hand, all proper.

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