State : Bayern
The arms combine the diamonds of the arms of Bayern, with the panther derived from the arms of the Counts of Ortenburg-Kraiburg. The latter were the most important noble family in the area in the early Middle Ages
The arms of the Kreis Niederbayern, which existed until 1945 were quite similar:
These arms show the blue panther, described as the old arms of the Dukes of Niederbayern.
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Literature: Image and information taken from here : http://www.stmukwk.bayern.de/blz/bezirke/bezirke.html; Hupp, O: Kaffee Hag albums, 1920s