From: Philippe Verdy (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Apr 24 2008 - 15:21:27 CDT
This Armenian character as rendered in the small GIF icon seen in the
Wikipedia page looks very much like the Georgian "Borjgali" symbol (a
Georgian symbol of the Sun with seven rotating wings), which is often
represented in the center of the branches of a christian Tree of Life.
If in Armenian it represents Eternity, in Georgian it represents also
something quite similar.
You can see the Georgian Borjgali on the obverse face of Georgian coins
(below one lari):
It is also pictured on Georgian banknotes:
And also pictured on Georgian passports and some other official documents
from the Republic of Georgia. Note the proximity of the two historical
Christian cultures (Georgia venerates Saint George fighting the lion and
Virgin Mary, also with references to the fight against Persian and Ottoman
empires, however the Georgian Church is of Orthodox tradition, unlike the
Armenian Church which kept its autonomy and rites, but still remains in the
Eastern Roman tradition), common history (up to the Soviet era), and their
geographic proximity (a common international border).
Note that the Georgian Borjgaly symbol has *seven* rotating wings, but the
Wikipedia article about the symbol found in ARMSCI displays *eight* rotating
wings (We can be sure that the Georgian symbol has seven wings, but I'm not
sure that the Armenian symbol really has eight wings; so may be the symbol
displayed in Wikipedia for ARMSCI is wrong).
> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] De la part de Leo Broukhis
> Envoyé : jeudi 24 avril 2008 17:43
> À : André Szabolcs Szelp
> Cc : Unicode Discussion
> Objet : Re: Character found in national standard not defined
> in Unicode?
> On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 4:49 AM, André Szabolcs Szelp
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > (I indeed did not find the character in the Armenian
> block, but it
> > could hide somewhere among the dingbats (but if so without an
> > annotation saying "eternity sign")).
> There isn't an exact match, but something in the U+274x range
> can serve as a good approximation.
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