Surabaya

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SURABAYA

Province : Jawa Timur

Arms of Surabaya

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The name Soerabaja, Surabaja, is derived from the words Soera (shark) and Bojo (crocodile), the arms thus show a shark and a crocodile.

In the late 19th century the name of the city was also supposedly derived from Soerâ-ing-bâjâ and as arms it was proposed to adopt a knight with a lotus flower. This proposal was never accepted.

Colonial arms

The arms were officially granted on September 28, 1931.

Origin/meaning

In azuur een zwemmende haai van zilver, de kop omlaag, en de staart opgebogen, waaronder een zwem­mende omgewende krokodil van hetzelfde, de kop naar boven gericht en de staart opgebogen. Het schild gedekt met een gouden kroon van drie bladeren en twee paarlen. Schildhouders: twee leeuwen van goud getongd en genageld van keel. Wapenspreuk: "Soerâ-ing-bâjâ" in gouden latijnsche letters op een lint van azuur.

The motto Soerâ-ing-bâjâ means 'Virtue in battle'.

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The full colonial arms
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The arms in the Koffie Hag albums +/- 1930
Arms of Surabaya

The arms on a tile, 1930s
Arms of Surabaya

The arms on a tile, 1930s


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Literature : Rühl, 1933; Koffie Hag albums, 1920s and http://tlvima.leidenuniv.nl


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