Affronte

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In heraldry, an animal facing towards the viewer is described as being affronte. It is not often present in medieval heraldry. One exception to this is the owl, which is depicted affronte as a default.

The reverse of affronte, where the depicted creature is showing their back to the viewer, is called tergiant.

This pose should not be confused with cabossed.