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Reading in transliteration: pi
Reading in original script: P dI d
Variant reading: li
L2 dI d / I sL s

Object: BG·32 Verdello (bowl)
Position: bottom, outside
Direction of writing: ambiguous
Script: North Italic script
Number of letters: 2
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: La Tène D 2 [from object]
Date of inscription: second half of 1st century BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: perhaps Celtic
Meaning: abbreviation (?)

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 289

Sources: Morandi 2004: 713 no. 289


First published in Morandi 2003: 127, no. 4.

Images in Morandi 2003: 127 (drawing) and fig. 4 (photo).

Inscribed on the bottom the bowl above the foot; since iota is mirror-symmetrical both horizontally and vertically and the first letter could be read L2 d or L s, the orientation and writing direction cannot be determined (upside-down application being fairly common for short graffiti from the Bergamo area). Morandi prefers pi, comparing pit in BG·30 and BG·7 (though with similar reading issues). Possibly an abbreviation of a personal name, as suggested by Morandi; pi- is certainly more likely insofar as there are numerous personal names in pi- in the corpus, but none in li- (see the word pages).

From the same grave BG·29 and a Latin graffito (see the object page).

Corinna Salomon