|Reading in transliteration:||setupk|
|Reading in original script:|
|Object:||MI·6 Milano (unknown)|
|Direction of writing:||sinistroverse|
|Script:||North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)|
|Number of letters:||6|
|Number of words:||1|
|Number of lines:||1|
|Archaeological culture:||unknown [from object]|
|Date of inscription:||unknown [from object]|
|Alternative sigla:||Whatmough 1933 (PID): 335|
Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 30
Solinas 1995: 100
Morandi 2004: 135
|Sources:||Morandi 2004: 612 no. 135|
First published in Mommsen 1853: 217 f.
Image in Mommsen 1853: Taf. III, no. 44 (drawing).
The authenticity of the inscription was doubted by the only person who ever saw it and had his opinion published – the vessel's owner Bernardino Biondelli, who wrote to Mommsen "i caratteri e la graffitura mi sembrano affatto moderni". Biondelli was inclined to epigraphic scepticism (see VA·5); Mommsen argued that the letter forms are too plausible to be a forgery, and read ietupk (see also CII no. 11, Poggi 1879: 315). The reading setupk goes back to Pauli 1885: 11, no. 24, who, based on Mommsen's drawing, argued that sigma is frequently only slightly curved in the Lepontic alphabet (see S); see also Giussani 1902: 52, Rhŷs 1913: 45, Whatmough 1933 no. 335.
The inscription is generally assumed to be an abbreviation of the compound name setupokios (Rhŷs 1913: 45, Whatmough 1933 no. 335, Lejeune 1971: 51, 70, Tibiletti Bruno 1975b: 54, Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 148, Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 185 f., no. 30, RIG E-6, Solinas 1995: 364, no. 100, Motta 2000: 214, Morandi 2004: 612, no. 135); see the word page for details.
The document is one of the six included as Gaulish in the RIG (E-6). Lejeune, who writes that sigma consists of six strokes (although Biondelli/Mommsen's squiggle shows only four), speculates whether the inscription – if it is from the immediate environs of Milano rather than from nearer the Lake region – may be the oldest Cisalpine Gaulish inscription.
|CII||Ariodante Fabretti, Corpus inscriptionum italicarum antiquioris aevi. Ordine geographico digestum et glossarium italicum, in quo omnia vocabula continentur ex umbricis, sabinis, oscis, volscis, etruscis aliisque monumentis quae supersunt, Augusta Taurinorum: 1867.|
|Giussani 1902||A[ntonio] Giussani, "L' iscrizione nord-etrusca di Tesserete e le altre iscrizioni pre-romane del nostro territorio", Rivista Archeologica della Provincia e Antica Diocesi di Como 46 (1902), 25–67.|