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Province : Jawa Barat

Arms (crest) of Cirebon
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The arms show a shrimp, which is a canting symbol, the name can be derived from Javanese words meaning a river rich in shrimp. I have no information on the meaning of the upper half of the arms. During colonial times the city used different arms as shown below.

Colonial arms

The arms were officially granted on September 26, 1930.


Doorsneden: I In azuur een vijfpuntige ster van zilver; II In zilver drie zwemmende garnalen van azuur, 2 toegewend en 1 omgewend. Het schild gedekt met een gouden kroon van drie bladeren en twee paarlen. Schildhouders: twee leeuwen van goud getongd en genageld van keel. Wapenspreuk  : "Per aspera ad astra" in gouden la­tijnsche letters op een lint van azuur.

The shrimps in these arms are again canting. The upper half shows a star, a symbol for progress of the city. The motto Per aspera ad astra (One reaches the stars only through difficulties) also indicates progress.


The full colonial arms

The arms in the Koffie Hag albums +/- 1930
Arms (crest) of Cirebon

The full colonial arms by T. van der Laars, 1930s
Arms (crest) of Cirebon

The arms on a tile, 1930s

Literature: Rühl, 1933; Koffie Hag albums, 1920s and

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