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Punia (Alytus, Lithuania)

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image by Virginijus Misiunas, 16 January 2010

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Punia - on a field divided per pale blue and white the arms of Punia: St. Stanislaus resurrecting Petrovin, and horseshoe with arrow. The meaning of arms granted in 1791 can be explained only partially: St. Stanislaus represents the grantor King Stanislaus August, but the meaning of the horseshoe with an arrow is not known. Similar charges are used in the heraldry of noble families, but their relations with the arms of Punia (which depended to the Grand Duke) are unclear: no one of known steward families (Chreptowicz, Bartusevicius-Mintautavicius, Chodkiewicz, Alseniskis, Zabrzezinski, Gonciewski-Korwin, Pacas, Brzostowski) used such arms (though Odrowaz arms of Chreptowicz are graphically rather similar).
Virginijus Misiunas, 16 January 2010