Today is Epiphany. So I'd like to give you an exercise in creativity based on the results of a questionnaire that I put on heraldry groups on Facebook. Traditionally, the wise men went to worship the Baby Jesus. According to St. Bede, Gaspar came from the Caspian Sea, Balthasar was Moorish, and he came from Arabia and Melchior came from Chaldea. However, this information varies greatly according to the source. So what is commonly accepted is that the three kings came from three different directions from distant places according to Psalm 72:11. "Kings of the whole world will worship Him." So the Catholic Church and other Christian traditions usually believe that the Magi are associated with the three continents known at the time, and the gifts brought were portents of the life of Christ. This interpretation gained popularity in the Middle Ages and many paintings represent the magi with clothes characteristic of the continents, for example, the Epiphany of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, a spanish artist.
In this way, it is easy to imagine that during the navigations, mercantilism and popularity of Marco Polo's travels in the thirteenth century. People may have imagined a Chinese or Indian king, a European king and an African king. Legends like Prester John might have favored an idea like this.
In this heraldic interpretation the idea of kings from distant places was extrapolated. the story would be more interesting if Melchior were Chinese or Japanese. Balthasar an Axumite king and Gaspar a Germanic king. As a prediction of the spread of Christianity. Please, enjoy the art bellow. See you.
Description: Azure a eagle displayed gold. A crown of shields.
Rationale: This shield was based on the diversity of ancient Europe. I tried to mix Vikings, Germanic and Roman elements in the crown. In the shield the eagle represents not only Rome but also alluding to the helmets of modern representations of Vercingetorix, Ambiorix and other Gallic leaders.
Description: Per pale dancetty, sinople and gules, overall a rhino argent. A imperial aksumite crown.
Rationale: The shield was divided vertically similar to the shields of the Massai tribes. On the other hand, the colors are typical of the Rastafari religion and Pan-Africanism. The white rhinoceros was chosen as a symbol of Africa, although the lion is the main animal of large size, unfortunately it is also a very common figure in heraldry and does not characterize a specific location. Finally, to symbolize the antiquity and African Christian kingdoms a crown was used based on the illustrations of Kings Aksumites.
Description: Argent a four clawed dragon passant sinople on a mountain sable on a chief a roundel gules. A pagoda crown.
Rationale: The Chinese dragon is a symbol of China's imperial historical phase. The red sun symbolizes Japan, whose Christianization took place through the Portuguese navigations that inspired the use of the Iberian shield for this coat of arms. The mountain symbolizes the mountain ranges of Asia, the Himalayas, Mount Fuji, etc. The crown lining was inspired by the pagoda architecture of the Buddhist religion of Japan, China, Cambodia, etc. Finally, a former Chinese colonel on the crown itself.