the background of the shield
is called the field
. The field is usually composed of one or more tinctures (colours
) or furs, except for in cases, which are rare in the extreme, in which the field is not a tincture, but may be a landscape. For example, part of the field of Hoerskool Brandwag
school in South Africa
is "A landscape of the Groot Winterhoek mountains, with Cockscomb Peak predominant".
For further detail on the field, see variations of the field.