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Reading in transliteration: me
Reading in original script: E sM4 s

Object: MI·18 Parabiago (bowl)
Position: bottom, outside
Orientation: 180°
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script
Letter height: 1–1.5 cm0.394 in <br />0.591 in <br />
Number of letters: 2
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: La Tène D 2 [from object]
Date of inscription: 75–0 BC [from object]

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

Alternative sigla: none

Sources: Volonté 1996: 35



First published in Volonté 1996: 35.

Image in Volonté 1996: tav. 16.4 (drawing = Volonté 2012: 725, fig. 4.4).

Inscribed upside-down on the bottom of the patera, in neat unambiguous letters (length 1.8 cm). Mu does not have the typical Lepontic form with four bars, but that with three bars typical for the Raetic alphabets; influence from the Latin alphabet may be considered. The sequence me also occurs in VR·3.1 and may be an abbreviation of a personal name (see the word page).

Corinna Salomon