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The Belgrade Heraldic Handbook II

Beginning of 17th century

Paper, manuscript

MAA Inv. No. 9869

The Belgrade Heraldic Handbook II is one of the oldest copies in the collection of coats-of-arms originally created in 1590 (and now lost), for the admiral Petar Grguric Ohmucevic. Ohmucevic's heraldic handbook was in fact the culmination of the commissioner's efforts to prove his nobility. It marks the beginning of the so-called Iliric heraldry or heraldry of South Slavic countries.

The Belgrade Heraldic Handbook II has 158 marked pages with coats-of-arms of Dušan's Empire, ten South Slavic countries, emperor Uroš, and of 141 noble families. They are all painted, with a lot of gold and without cross-hatching. Experts believe that, of all the known copies, the Belgrade Heraldic Handbook II is the closest to the Ohmucevic's original.