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Originally posted by micpsi
No, the Ouroboros is NOT a symbol of infinity. It's a symbol of perpetuity, or indefinitely long duration.
Originally posted by new_here
Just last night, I took the notion to find the value (if any) of some old porcelain figurines that my mom had given me, that her sister had sent her back in the 50's or 60's when the sister was living overseas. On one, the only identifying marks on the bottom of it are: "Austria" and that strange S with a diagonal line thru it. It is very small, so I will get a magnifying glass and see if there is a snake head/tail, since the ends of the S are slightly 'fatter' than the rest of the S.
(I just remember that, because other items had a company name on the bottom, or at least a logo that was recognizable (like Hummel.) This one was a puzzle, and I could not find info on it --because I had no reliable search terms, due to the lack of info on the bottom.
Oh, it does have the number 64 stamped on it too. I assume that is a production number (like number 64 out of 1000 made, or some such.)
So yeah, I'm eager to know what comes of this thread too!
Hey thanks, silent thunder (but I'm not the OP--LOL!)
Originally posted by silent thunder
OP, try running google image searches like "porcelain marks" or "porcelain marks austria" and similar terms. There appear to be hundreds of different marks and pages with charts, etc. Personally I'm too lazy to root through all that stuff, but you might find your symbol and its meaning through that kind of research.
EDIT: Here's a link I just found to a 148-page eBook called "Porcelain marks. Austria. Czechoslovakia. Hungary". I can't tell you whether its any good or not but you might be interested.edit on 1/16/11 by silent thunder because: (no reason given)
Only the learned pagan knew the significance. The number 666 was written in serpentine letters like SSS, VVV, ZZZ = 666. They also arranged the letters different ways; sometimes they would turn them upside down or sideways. The SSS sometimes could be seen with a line drawn through the middle of all three S's and turned sideways. This is the origin of the popular amulet called the Oriental cross.
Originally posted by billybobh3
Looks to me more like an ancient "No Snakes Allowed" symbol than anything else.