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Morcote commune (Ticino canton, Switzerland)

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[Flag of Morcote] image by Pascal Gross

Per fess gules a shepherdess sitting on a garb all argent and vert a sow and her piglets also argent.
Željko Heimer, 14 July 2003

On the flag of Morcote we have a shepherdess sitting on a garb and a sow and her piglets.
Pascal Gross, 10 July 2003

[From Morcote's website: "The coat of arms of Morcote, two-tone green and red, like the colors of hope and courage, has, in the lower green part, a sow with numerous nursing babies, a symbol of abundance and fertility, which owes its origins to the Antonian friars of Vienne, settled in Morcote in the Middle Ages and had it as their emblem. In the upper, red part, a shepherdess is represented sitting on a pile of wheat sheaves in a flowery meadow, a symbol of the municipal freedom conquered by the Morcotesi against the mayor and the lord of the castle (castellano)." –
"The name Morcote derives from the proto-Latin term mora which indicates a stony area, and caput which stands for head or end. MORAE CAPUT therefore means the end of the mountain or rock, the tip of the peninsula."]