Escudo de Armas (Coat of Arms)

High relief sculpture depicting coat-of-arms of Manila or the Philippine Governor General. Classified as a heraldic lintel piece, the item is usually mounted on the walls or roofs of palaces, government buildings, or on the lintels of gates to fort complexes. The elements of this particular heraldic piece has striking resemblances to the Royal Spanish royal coat of arms for the Palace of the Governor General of the Philippines.

From personal communication with Regalado Trota José (August, 2023) the fleur-de-lis in the centre of the escudo denotes the Bourbon dynasty, which came into power in the first years of the 18th century. Most likely, this would have been put up by Fernando Valdes Tamon, who worked on fortifications in Manila and many other Philippine islands.  This particularly escudo could have been taken from one of the gates in Intramuros in 1762. After the British left in 1764, a new set of engineers rebuilt the principal gates to Intramuros with new lintels and  least two are from the 1780s, and have rococo elements.

From Prof Victor Torres ( August 2023) confirms that the fleur de lis in the middle is likewise indicative of the Bourbon Dynasty as the the earlier seals don't have it. The fleur de lis was added when Spain came under the rule of Bourbon dynasty under Philip V.

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