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central elements of the coat of arms of Mali by Santiago Tazon
The coat of arms of the Third Republic of Mali, according to the Mali Embassy.
Santiago Tazon, 1 May 2002
The image above is only a black
and white representation of the figured elements of the coat of arms. More
accurately, it is the central part of the seal of the State.
The image of the coat of arms in Talocci [tal93] seems to be accurate, while
the Dorling-Kindersley Pocket Book [udk97] shows the seal of Mali, with
very loose legends. The bird is presented as the dove of peace (it
looks so, but the official depiction says something else) and the
mosque is called a local fortress (the mosque of Djenné is indeed a
huge fortified mosque and was an important center of the Islamic
culture in the XVI-XVIIIth century).
Ivan Sache, 31 August 2005
From the website of the Presidency of the Republic of Mali (http://www.koulouba.pr.ml/article.php3?id_article=14; translation to English by Ivan Sache, 31 August 2005, from the French text attributed to the Grand Chancellery of Mali):
National seal, coat of arms and motto
Order #57/CMLN of 20 October 1973 prescribes the seal of the state of Mali. Order #56/CMLN of 20 October 1973 prescribed the coat of arms of the Republic of Mali. The motto of the Republic of Mali is "Un Peuple, Un But, Une Foi" (One People, One Goal, One Faith), as prescribed by article 25 of the Constitution.
The seal of the State of Mali has a circular shape. It bears:
- in the middle, a standing lion, surrounded by a spike of millet, a panicle of rice and an oxen's head
- in the surround, the writings "République du Mali" above and "Un Peuple, Un But, Une Fois" below.
The seals and stamps of the senior branches of the Civil Service, of the Ministers, of the Courts, of the Clarks, Notaries and Ushers, of all the Administration and public Authorities are of the same design as the seal of the State. However, the name of the Administration or the public Authority they represent shall replace the national motto. The Minister of Justice shall be the sole keeper of the original seals.
The coat of arms of the Republic of Mali has a circular shape. It shows on a light blue background:
- in the middle, the mosque of Djenné, in clay grey colour
- above the mosque, the Legendary Vulture in gliding flight, in dark grey colour
- below, the rising sun, in golden yellow colour
- in front of the sun, two opposed bows bent by their arrow, in black colour
- in the surround, the writings "République du Mali" above and "Un Peuple, Un But, Une Foi" below, in black Capital letters.
The acts, letters and envelopes of the Head of State, of the President of the Government, of the President of National Assembly, of the Ministers, of the President of the Supreme Court and of the diplomatic and consular Representatives abroad shall bear the coat of arms of the Republic.
The reproduction of the coat of arms by any means and on any support shall be beforehand permitted by the Minister of Justice.