What is the animal in the Pskov Republic flag/COA?

Aug 2015
4
West Sussex, UK
I'm really interested in the Pskov Oblast and it's independent history. Once Pskov was an Oligarchic republic, although it had periods of being a viceroyality, an annexed duchy and an independent Russian nation.

The question I ask:
What is this animal on Pskov's flag/coat of arms?
I've heard it's a goat, a rabbit, a dog and a snow leopard...
The Pskov Oblast region still has this odd animal on it's modern 'flag', however there have been different representations of this animal over history.

Some links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pskov_Republic

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=pskov+oblast+flag&rlz=1C1CHIK_en-GBGB446GB446&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=643&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMIzM28te_LxwIVBZ3bCh2B6AI6

Images can be found on the pages :)
Thanks :D
 

AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
27,365
Italy, Lago Maggiore
It reminds the snow leopard, but that's not the geographical area where the predator lives [may be in that region there were noble families who went to the great mountains to hunt that animal, or their origin was in that region].

From where did eventual noble families in Pskov come?
 

Triceratops

Ad Honorem
Dec 2011
3,016
Late Cretaceous
According to this it's a Lynx;

"Pskov’s coat of arms, a lynx, was depicted as early as the 15th century on the city’s republican seals and coins."

from the Great Soviet Encyclopedia
 

Lowell2

Ad Honorem
Jun 2014
6,541
California
most heraldic lynx depictions are accurate regarding the short tail.
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Lynxes_in_heraldry

it really looks more like a heraldic leopard


Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art: Other Chimerical Creatures and Heraldic Beasts: Leopard, or Panther, Felis Pardus, Lybbarde

The leopards and lions were often interchanged. When did the leopards on the royal arms of England become the lions depicted today? | History Extra

The Heraldry Society

No lions or leopards in England. The existence or lack thereof of an animal in the area is not a constraint.

I don't see the resemblance to a heraldic rabbit, goat or dog. Snow leopards probably weren't distinguished from "leopards" when the device was created.
 
Jul 2015
892
Netherlands
How old is the coat of arms? The "Pard" I named was accepted as a valid true animal in medieval bestiaries, as an animal that mates with lions to create leopards.
 

Naomasa298

Forum Staff
Apr 2010
35,460
T'Republic of Yorkshire
It reminds the snow leopard, but that's not the geographical area where the predator lives [may be in that region there were noble families who went to the great mountains to hunt that animal, or their origin was in that region].
England isn't exactly the geographical area where lions live either, we still have it on our royal arms.
 
Aug 2015
4
West Sussex, UK
A lynx is a possibility since Pskov (in some cases) is represented by something that very closely resembles a lynx in this link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Lynxes_in_heraldry#/media/File:Complete_Guide_to_Heraldry_Fig342.png

It may only be a game, but Europa Universalis IV is historically accurate in many areas. Here is there depiction of the flag: Pskov - Europa Universalis 4 Wiki
To me, it looks just like the lynx which is linked above.

However; some of the flags of pskov i've seen do resemble the Pard (thanks Spikey) shown on it's wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pard_(legendary_creature)

When I type 'Flag of Pskov Oblast', 'Medieval flag of pskov', 'flag of pskov republic'; most results show what resembles a Heraldic leopard (Thanks Lowell2).

All flags of pskov (except the Europa one) depict a hand extending down from the clouds.

Thank you all, although there still doesn't seem to be a definitive answer :(
 
Aug 2015
4
West Sussex, UK
I hear you Triceratops!
Hit CTRL+F on this page: Coat-of-arms | Article about Coat-of-arms by The Free Dictionary
Then type 'Pskov' in the search bar.
You'll see the text Triceratops quoted.

However; this text is written below: 'Warning! The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.'

I doubt this book is wrong, but who knows!
Any more evidence would be great :D