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The black liquid is seen in sacrifice scene. An Engineer opens the cup and consumes the black liquid, which disintegrates his body. There was some embossed image on the cover of the cup. It looks like a tree at first sight. Tree of life or some kind of message? Any other ideas?

unknown symbols

Perhaps this image is turned upside down. Another question is how to read this inscription.

  • Is that... cunieform? – Adele C Apr 25 '13 at 12:48
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    This is definitely a message. The similar cuneiform was used in door interface in the scene of tomb opening. avpgalaxy.net/gallery/albums/movies/prometheus/… – yakunins Apr 25 '13 at 14:00
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    look like sumerian numerals – santiagozky Apr 25 '13 at 14:22
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    *pulls out sumerian numeral translator* Hmm... it seems to say "Lorem Ipsum, dolor sit amet...." – CamelBlues Apr 25 '13 at 17:39
  • If ever a container needed Mr. Yuk... – Kyle Jones Apr 26 '13 at 1:31
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TL;DR: This is just meaningless character chosen for their visual look.

As French is my native language, I'm able to translate the caption in the image linked on yakunins's comment, that seems to be scanned form the French version of Prometheus: The Art of the Film book:

scene of tomb opening

It says they created a visual language to use on all their sets by using characters from ancient Persian and pre-Sumerian. But since they didn't want to get email from people who study language and calligraphy saying that their signs on the wall indicate "Men's washroom on the left", they carefully mixed them to get this unique style and keep the language undecipherable.

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