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Ivinhema, Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil)

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About the Flag of Ivinhema

At, click símbolos oficiais for the flag.
Dov Gutterman, 1 July 2001

The official symbols of the Municipality of Ivinhema were created in conformance with Municipal Law No. 150/73 of 9 August 1973. The flag was designed by the heraldist Prof. Arcinóe Antônio Peixoto de Faria. It is 14 units wide (hoist) and 20 units long (fly), in accordance with the official dimensions of the national flag of Brazil, and consists of two blue horizontal stripes, each five units wide, divided by a yellow stripe four units wide, overlaid in turn with a red stripe one unit wide. In the hoist is a yellow isosceles triangle on which the municipal coat of arms is placed. The law ascribes this design to Portuguese heraldic tradition, which allegedly holds that municipal flags should be divided into 3, 4, 6, or 8 parts, with their colors derived from the shield of the coat of arms, and that they should include a geometric figure on which the coat of arms itself is placed. The law assigns the following symbolism to the flag:

  • Coat of arms: the municipal government
  • Yellow triangle: liberty, equality, and fraternity, with the yellow color indicating glory, splendor, grandeur, wealth, and sovereignty.
  • Yellow stripe with red overstripe: radiation of municipal power to all sectors of the territory, the red representing dedication, love of country, audacity, intrepedity, courage, and valor.
  • Blue field: rural areas of the municipality, with the color standing for justice, nobility, perseverance, zeal, and loyalty.

  • Joseph McMillan, 10 March 2002

    Coat of Arms

    The coat of arms was also designed by Professor Peixoto de Faria. According to section IV of the municipal law on symbols, it is described in heraldic terms as follows:

    Samnitic shield ensigned with a mural crown of six towers argent; the shield or, on the center a compass rose gules and azure, in the cantons, cowboy-style hunting horns gules. In base, water azure wavy argent. As supporters of the shield, to the dexter and sinister, soybean stalks and branches of coffee fructed proper, interlaced at the base, upon which is superimposed a scroll gules containing in silver letters the place-name "IVINHEMA" flanked by the dates "1961" and "1963".
    The law assigns the following symbolism to the elements of the coat of arms:
  • Samnitic shield: the style of shield introduced into Portugal under French influence, evocative of the principal colonizing people of Brazil [the Portuguese].
  • Mural crown: universal symbol of arms of dominion, the silver color and the six towers (four visible) indicating a city of the third degree, that is, a municipal seat.
  • Yellow, red, and blue colors: same as the color symbolism of the flag.
  • Compass rose: the heterogeneous population gathered from all corners of the country and united on the banks of the Ivinhema River.
  • Cowboy-style hunting horns: livestock raising, a major economic activity of Ivinhema.
  • Water: Ivinhema River, source of the municipality's name and its principal geographic feature.
  • Soybean and coffee: main agricultural products of the area, staples of the municipal economy.
  • Inscriptions on scroll: the name flanked by the dates of foundation and the granting of separate municipal status.

  • Joseph McMillan,, 10 March 2002