|(drawing of Ouroburos from the 1700's)|
The ouroburos is engaged in an act of auto-cannibalism, or self-consumption—a completely irreconcilable idea, as we eat in order to live, but if we eat ourselves, of course we destroy the very body we feed. Painting below of a human auto-cannibal by Bartolemeo Passerotti (who also did some not quite as creepy paintings of butcher shops).
|Man Eating His Arm (16th c.)|
|Another ouroburus, somewhat more mammilian—|
what with the ears (3?) and that foxy looking tuft of a beard...
Apparently from an illuminated ms. Sadly, no other info available
An interesting Wiki discussion on Ouroburos (including how to form the plural of that word) can be found here.