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Eagle of the Holy Roman Empire by Rarayn Eagle of the Holy Roman Empire by Rarayn
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A simplified version of the black dual-headed eagle of the Holy Roman Empire.

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You can use this for pretty much whatever you want. Just let me know what you use it for.

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Robison-by-descent Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Wondering if you would mind me using it on a t-shirt? Would also give you credit at the bottom of the shirt as well.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Sure, go ahead. No need to give me credit anywhere on the shirt though. The design would probably look cooler without that, and I feel bad for being officially credited for something that was kind of just traced and simplified rather than made from scratch.
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bargoth125 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I am using this for a custom NationStates flag.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Fair enough, go ahead!
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SoaringAven Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Traced or just simplified? :XD:
Nah, great job ;)
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KGB-101 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Strange, This is the Russian Coat of Arms. Russia was not Holy, Not Roman, and not an Empire. Then again. Not even Rome was Holy. It was Roman (DUH) it was an Empire (DUH AGAIN) And, I guess it was holy, I don't want to piss anyone off religiously.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
While it is true that the Russian Empire also used a dual-headed eagle like this, that's not the eagle this is meant to be. The origins of the eagles are the same though; both the Holy Roman Empire and the Russian Empire used them to show their descent from the true Roman Empire. If memory serves, the Czars "inherited" theirs through marriage with a Byzantine princess.
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KGB-101 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just saying. The Holy Roman Empire Lasted about 842 Years. The Russian Empire. 862 A.D. To Present. So, much longer. Plus the Two-Headed-Eagle is still a national animal of Russia today.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
If you count the Kievan Rus' as the start of the later Russian Empire, and the modern day Russian Republic as a direct continuation of that, then you'd also have to count East Francia (843 A.D.) as the start of the later Holy Roman Empire, and Germany and/or Austria as a direct continuation of that. Roughly the same age in other words.

Anyway, the major difference between the eagle of the HRE and the eagle of Russia is that the HRE one is black while the Russian one is golden. Same source, different adaptation lol

And yes, it's true that Russia still uses the old eagle in a more or less unchanged form. Certainly better than what the Germans and Austrians did with theirs. XD
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MacX85 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Actually Germany adopted the original eagle from the High Middle Ages which still had only one head. There was a period of co-existence of both types in the 1300s in which the single-headed eagle was considered to be the royal German one, while the double-headed was supposed to represent the Roman emperor. In that sense it's only consiquent to take the single-headed one to display Germany without the Holy Roman baggage :P
But I think the real reason to take the single-headed version (since it was also used for the German Empire of 1871) was to not be confused with Austria-Hungary which still had a double-headed eagle. The German Confederation both Prussia and Austria used to be part of before, still had the double-headed one.
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