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Reading in transliteration: ]p̣euesa
Reading in original script: A sS dE sU sE sP s[

Object: BG·2 Bergamo (bowl)
(Inscriptions: BG·2.1, BG·2.2)
Position: bottom, outside
Orientation: 180°
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 0.8 cm0.315 in <br />
Number of letters: 6
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: fragmentary

Archaeological culture: unknown [from object]
Date of inscription: 3rd or probably 2nd century BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: unknown
Syntactic analysis: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 212

Sources: Morandi 2004: 658 no. 212



First published in Poggiani Keller 1989: 234.

Images in Poggiani Keller 2001: 410, fig. 16.5 (drawing), Morandi 2004: tav. XXVII.212 (photo = Morandi 2007: 290, fig. 283) and 656, fig. 24.212 (drawing), Casini & Motta 2018: 119, fig. 2.3 (photo and drawing).

Incised upside-down along the rim of the foot. At the breaking edge, the very top of a hasta and a bar in the upper area can be pi or lambda L2 s, theoretically also waw V s, three-bar mu M4 s (cf. BG·1) or, according to Casini & Motta 2018: 220, no. 3, rho R3 s (alpha and epsilon being unlikely for phonetical reasons). Upsilon is not closed at the bottom (cf. BG·23). Morandi points to leucuro as a possible comparandum for leuesa, but that morpheme is probably leu̯k-. We prefer the reading with pi because of the rareness of lambda with the bar on top and the possible analysis (see the word page).

David Stifter, Corinna Salomon


Casini & Motta 2018 Stefania Casini, Filippo Motta, "Iscrizioni vascolari celtiche a Bergamo", Notizie Archeologiche Bergomensi 26 (2018), 115–128.