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MATERA

Region : Basilicata
Province : Matera

Stemma di Matera
Official blazon
Italian

D'azzurro al bue fermo d'argento con tre spighe in bocca e sulle corna una corona gigliata, sormontata in capo dalla lettera M, il tutto d'oro. Motto: Bos Lassus firmius figit pedem.

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Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on October 2, 1939.

During the Roman Empire the area surrounding Matera was already providing meat for Rome and all of Italy and beyond; the area was also used as the wintering area for cattle from the more northern areas of Central Italy where the cattle were grazed during their summer. The area sported multiple ranches for the cattle, hence the bull in the arms. The letter M is the town's initial.

Stemma di Matera

The arms in the Brioschi albums 1930s
Stemma di Matera/Arms (crest) of Matera

The arms on a Fassi trade card
Stemma di Matera

The arms in the Abadie albums
Arms of Matera

Postal cancellation 2004


Literature: Image from http://www.araldicacivica.it


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