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Z's and gravestones???

Posted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:12 pm
by Grania
Hi folks. This question is on behalf of a colleague at a museum where I work.

The museum covers a number of periods, and has a Victorian kitchen. In one of the cupboards are a set of little cups with the alphabet on, and pictures to symbolise/illustrate the letters - for example the letter 'T' has pictures of tents on one side and towers on the other.
The mystery is the 'Z' cup - on one side of the letter are zebras, and on the other something that looks very much like gravestones.... :wtf: Has anyone got any idea what this means or symbolises, because it's stumped me, my colleague and the curator! They were asked by the visitor to the museum and apparently the only answer they could think of was zombies...but somehow didn't think they were right!!!!


Re: Z's and gravestones???

Posted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:36 pm
by Foxe
Any chance of a picture?

Re: Z's and gravestones???

Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:17 am
by Christabel
zzzz = eternal sleep?!!

Re: Z's and gravestones???

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:05 pm
by magog001
considering the Victorian obsession with antiquity could it be "ziggurats" be a of a left field guess but hey ho!

Re: Z's and gravestones???

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:20 am
by Saint Egregious
HA!!! Found it, I knew I had seen it some where a long long time ago!
Click on the picture to enlarge.


Re: Z's and gravestones???

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:16 am
by Miss Costello
isn't it just literal of the end? The pic above shows a yew tree and a churchyard and then the zebra 'and here it all ends'

Re: Z's and gravestones???

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:26 am
by Merlon.
The Z picture only refers to one, not two, item with the query "what is the name of the animal in the picture".
Zebras come from Africa which was always referred to as the white mans grave at the time. Given the Victorian fascination with death probably the grave stones are a reference to that.

Re: Z's and gravestones???

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:57 am
by Alan E
I think (as miss Costello said) that it simply refers to the caption "Z comes last and here it all ends". Nothing complex, simply a reminder of the end of the alphabet in a way that will be remembered. Oh, and a bit of a rationalist statement, subliminally suggesting that tehre is no life after death :)

Re: Z's and gravestones???

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:59 am
by Grymm
Like it says in the text.....

Re: Z's and gravestones???

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:38 am
by Saint Egregious
Noun 1. Z - the ending of a series or sequence; "the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end"--Revelation
conclusion, ending, finish - event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"

V-rod and Z-rod Symbols

These symbols, as their name suggest, are named after the shapes. In the V-rod symbol, an arrow-shape over that of crescent can be seen. This symbol is used to represent the phenomenon of death. The Z-rod symbol has a shape of the letter 'Z'; the symbol includes features like serpent, double-disk, doorway, sun, tomb, etc. Various concepts/phenomenons like solar cycle, death, afterlife, etc. are depicted through these symbols. The Scottish Celtic symbols and their meanings should help in understanding more about symbols from the Celtic tradition. ... nings.html

The death of the letter 'Z' ... -alphabet/

Conditions listing Death-related symptoms as a symptom - Letter Z: ... toms/z.htm

The capital (majuscule) letter Z represents hell or the afterlife in hell following death and the final judgment.

But as the caption says: "Z comes last and here it all ends". Probably nothing more nothing less. A tempest in a teacup marked 'Z'.