|Reading in transliteration:||kopiụ|
|Reading in original script:|
|Object:||CO·66 Como (bottle)|
|Direction of writing:||dextroverse|
|Script:||North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)|
|Letter height:||2–2.9 cm0.787 in <br />1.142 in <br />|
|Number of letters:||5|
|Number of words:||1|
|Number of lines:||1|
|Workmanship:||scratched after firing|
|Archaeological culture:||La Tène D 1 [from object]|
|Date of inscription:||second half of 2nd century BC [from object]|
|Alternative sigla:||Morandi 2004: 197|
|Sources:||Morandi 2004: 648 f. no. 197|
First published in Morandi 2004: 648 f., no. 197.
Images in Negroni Catacchio 1979: 508, fig. 12 (drawing = Negroni Catacchio 1982: fig. 47 [one of them mirrored]), Morandi 2004: 647, fig. 23.197 (drawing, mirrored?).
Inscribed in a slight curve along the rim of the foot. Our entry follows Morandi, who gives the writing direction as dextroverse with a question mark, his drawing showing the inscription dextroverse and written inverted, as in Negroni Catacchio 1979: 508, fig. 12; Negroni Catacchio 1982: fig. 47 displays the drawing of the vessel's underside + inscription mirrored. The last group of scratches is somewhat messy, but Morandi's segmentation into iota and upsilon is the best solution, even though the form of upsilon is not common; upsilon determines the orientation of the inscription (head-down). The third letter can be read as pi or lambda, but pi is more likely statistically; kopiu can also be better analysed despite the (dubious) parallel for koliu in koliuetu (Morandi 2004: 692). Whether Morandi's reading kop̣iu is due to the uncertain reading of the letter or the comparatively long bar is unclear.
Two large irregularly cross-shaped characters (~7 cm) are scratched into the shoulder of the vessel, roughly on either side of the neck; they are surely unconnected to the inscription. (Drawing in Negroni Catacchio 1979: 508, fig. 12 = Negroni Catacchio 1982: fig. 47.)