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excellence that in any of the others, especially in its Balai, where I was greatly interested in finding what I may call a veritable coat of arms, carved out of an immense block of wood and erected in the central position, where one would expect an object with the significance of a coat of arms to be placed. From what I could learn it had such a significance in the estimation of the chief of the village ; for he told me that only such villages as could claim origin from some distant village could erect such a carving in their Balai. I am not, however, master enough of the terms of blazonry current in the College of Arms to describe it in fitting language. The shield had double supporters ; on each side a tiger rampant
COAT OP ARMS IN TIIE VILLAGE OF TADJAK-BULAN.
bearing on its back a snake defiant, upheld the shield, in whose centre the most prominent quartering was a floral ornament, which might be a sunflower shading two deer, one on each sidea the dexter greater than the sinister. Above the floral ornament was a central and to me unintelligible halfmoon-like blazoning, but on either side of it was an a ulai lidai a (Chorus of bystanders : a Undoubtedly an ulai lidai but of what it was the similitude among created things, beyond suggesting faintly the lineaments of a scorpion, I was not pursuivant enough to recognise ; on the sinister of the two, however, was a man a tandacking a (dancing). Below the tips of the conjoined tails of the supporting tigers were two ornate triangles, the upper