The divellion or dibellion (Greek: διβέλλιον) was a symbol of the late Byzantine Empire, the Emperor's personal banner.[1] It was carried by the skouterios ("shield-bearer"), alongside the Imperial shield, on official events.[2] Emperor Stefan Dušan of Serbia (r. 1331–55) also adopted the Imperial divellion, which was purple and had a golden cross in the center.[3]

Divellion of Emperor Dušan

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  1. ^ Elizabeth Piltz (1994). Costume of the Byzantine court officials in the Paleologue era. Almqvist & Wiksell Internat. ISBN 978-91-554-3336-9. Il se tenait devant les oriflammes impériales portant le dibellion, marque personelle de l'empereur, et le bouclier impérial
  2. ^ Jenny Albani (2002). Byzantium: an oecumenical empire. Hellenic Ministry of Culture. ISBN 978-960-214-523-4. These imperial symbols were usually carried on official occasions not by the emperor himself, but by an official: the skoutarios holds the divellion and the king's shield (Pseudo-Kodinos III, p. 183. 12-13)
  3. ^ Milić Milićević (1995). Grb Srbije: razvoj kroz istoriju. "Službeni Glasnik". p. 22.