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The steer head seems to ba relict from the high-middle-ages. A speciality about heraldic symbols of that period is the existens of two different traditions. On the one side we have the heraldic-system from the west, where the cote of arms (Wappen) was given to a heir of titles and rights, on the other hand was an archaic tradition of personalized sysmbols - mostly animals or phantastic beeings (dragons a.s.o.). Coming back to mecklenburgs steer-head, on has to admit the disambiguation of it. A very common explanation is to be found in the `Doberaner Anthyr-Lied´ (from the early 17.Jh.) and says that it is a relict from the hero Anthyr (the first mecklenburgican, sic!) who was coming home from his conquests with Alexander the great. The latter, whose horse was called `bukephalos´ (steerhead!) send Anthyr back to his home on the expedition of that Admiral Nearchos on the ship `bukephalos´. There es a rhymed-chronick about the mecklenburgical dukes from the 14th. century, but i think the explanation is the same.--220.127.116.11 (talk) 22:23, 14 July 2011 (UTC)