Vlasto Family – 'Portico' Arms
Chios?, c. C15th - C16th A.D.

This device (and other symbols, see 'Vlasto Eagles' below) is one of many similar variants on the double-headed eagle motif used by the Vlasto family. See explanatory notes Heraldry in Byzantium; Vlasto Family References and A Brief History Of Byzantium.
See also: Vlasto Arms (1) c.1300-1500; Vlasto Arms (2) c.1300-1500; Vlasto Arms (3) c.1300-1500; Vlasto Arms (4) c.1300-1500; Vlasto Arms (5) c.1300-1500; Vlasto Arms (6) Chios, c. C16th; Vlasto Arms (7) Antonio Vlasto, Crete 1590; Vlasto Arms (8) Georgius Vlasto, Crete, 1630, & Marcus Vlasto, Crete, 1680; Vlasto Arms (9) Nicolaus Vlasto, Crete, 1694; Vlasto Eagles (1) c. 300 B.C.; Vlasto Eagles (2) c.50 A.D.

See Vlasto Arms (2) for a comparison with these florid, stone-carved arms from a portico, and also the standard generic version of the Vlasto arms which are of Byzantine origin. These, above, are believed to have been found in Chios (though they were not visible there in 1999). However the source of this information is unreliable and they have been found in Crete, Constantinople or elsewhere.

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