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Rebuses in 🐇 🧻 🌳
I had no idea that the royal herald designs you see on shields, coats of arms, and castle walls were sometimes constructed out of rebuses, or other visual puns. This technique is apparently called canting, and this Wikipedia page is chock full of examples. Some faves:
And while historians have decoded most of the rebuses they've collected — heraldic and otherwise — thanks in part to the Reading Rebus team at the City University of New York, there are several that remain unsolved, including the one pictured at the top of this newsletter. Got any ideas?