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Dictionary of Vexillology: Z (Ziggurat - Zupa Gaiferia)

Last modified: 2019-04-26 by rob raeside
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ZIGGURAT
The term for a stepped pyramid – but see ‘stepped’ and the following note.

ziggurat example ziggurat example
Flag and Arms of Argeriz, Portugal (Antonio Martins) (fotw)

Please note that (strictly speaking) this term should only apply to pyramids of a South American origin, and that the terms “stepped” or “stepped pyramid” should be used for early Egyptian structures of this general type as referenced above.


ZIGZAG
See ‘serrated 3)’.

zigzag example
Civil Ensign of Taiwan 1929-1966 (fotw)


ZIGZAG BORDER
See ‘flammulets 2)’ and ‘wolf's teeth 1).’

Royal Standard of Yugoslavia
Royal Standard of Yugoslavia c1925 – 1937 (fotw


ZULFIKAR (or ZULFIQAR)
A term for the split-bladed or double-pointed “Sword of Ali” (originally a symbol of - the Janissaries - an elite military formation of the Ottoman Empire) that has appeared on several Arab flags - a zulfiqar (see also ‘shahada’ and ‘takbir’).

Bey of Tunis Bey of Constantine Bey of Constantine
Standard of the Bey of Tunis c1860 - 1957 (fotw); Standard of the Bey of Constantine c1836 (fotw); Flag of the Great Admiral of The Porte, Ottoman Empire 19thC (fotw)


ZUPA GAIFERIA
A medieval term, now obsolete, for the symbols (the flag and arms etc) of a society or of a state.

Please note that the information given above must be considered to a certain degree speculative, and it is suggested that it might be a Latinised version of an original term of uncertain origin.


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