Dr. Lewis Tei Luk, J.P.

Hong Kong

Lewis Tei Luk coat of arms

Artist: Leonore Bergstrom

Registered in the Chinese Armorial on December 10, 2019.

Arms: Per saltire Argent, in the flanks Azure, and in base barry Argent and Azure, in chief and in base a lion rampant Gules, armed and langued Or, in each flank a cross potent, between four crosses humetty Or.

Crest: Issuant from a crest coronet Or, a mount Azure, thereupon a book Gules, bound Sable, thereupon a winged demi-dragon Gules, armed and langued Azure, in his dexter claw a pole erect Or, flotant therefrom a banner barry Argent and Azure, charged with a cross patonce each limb terminating in the head of an Ionic pillar embowed and ribbed Gules, the cross charged with five annulets Or; the hoist sleeve Gules.

Mantling: Azure and Argent.

Motto:  Sancte et Sapienter (Holiness and Wisdom)

Registration: South African Bureau of Heraldry, certificate 3634, March 22, 2007

Background and History:

The Chinese dragon in the crest symbolizes the armiger's Chinese ancestry. The armiger also has ancestors from French nobility, the Lusignan family, who are represented by the two Jerusalem Crosses and two red lions. The lions are uncrowned to differentiate them from the crowned lions on the coat of arms of the Lusignans who were Kings of Cyprus.

The French chapeau in the crest coronet represents the armiger's French noble ancestors. This particular crest coronet, with the blue chapeau, is unique in South African heraldry; it was specially designed by the heraldic artist for the armiger.

The Bureau of Heraldry has continued its previous practice of not specifying the number of claws per paw on the Chinese dragon in the blazon, so the dragon can conceivably be drawn with four claws per paw, as it is in the certificate of registration. In Chinese tradition, a five-clawed dragon represents the Emperor, a four-clawed dragon represents a prince, and a three-clawed dragon represents a person without royal connection.

The banner held by the dragon is based on the blue and white bars of the original Lusignan coat of arms. The red cross represents the Cross of Lusignan and the five red stones (annulets) represent the five holy wounds of Christ.

The motto means "Holiness and Wisdom" and is from the armiger's alma mater, King’s College London, of which he is a Fellow.

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