MN·1 Bagnolo San Vito

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Classification: aes

Material: bronze
Size: length 6.5 cm, breadth 5.3 cm, thickness 0.8 cm
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: unknown
Date: 5th century BC
Date derived from: archaeological context, typology

Site: Bagnolo San Vito (Mantova, Lombardia, Italy)
Field name: Forcello
Archaeological context: area of sectors P–Q 19–21
Coordinates (approx.): 45° 6' 35.98" N, 10° 50' 6.42" E
Find date: 1980
Find circumstances: by chance
Current location: Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Mantova)
Inventory no.: St 42080

Inscription: MN·1 (sekene·i·)

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 250

Sources: Morandi 2004: 680 f. no. 250


Images in De Marinis 1985: 203 (drawing = De Marinis 2005: 68, fig. 23.3) and tav. XXVII, 3 (photo), De Marinis 2005: 69, fig. 24 (photos).

Roughly rhomboid flattish piece of bronze of 115.6 g; smooth sides, only the upper left one is chipped (ancient according to De Marinis). On the uninscribed surface, traces of rasping and two indentations (3–4 mm). The piece appears to be complete (Prosdocimi 1986d). Dating from De Marinis 1985: 203, who interprets the object as a bronze weight (a quarter of a Near-Eastern/Etruscan mina); it is identified as a piece of aes rude by Colonna 1986: 62 f. (thus also De Marinis 2005: 73), but as aes formatum by Bertol Stipetić 2022: 29.

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Bertol Stipetić 2022 Anja Bertol Stipetić, The Mazin hoard [= Catalogues and monographs of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb 19], Zagreb: 2022.
Colonna 1986 Giovanni Colonna, "La piú [sic] antica iscrizione di Bologna", Studi e Documenti di Archeologia 2 (1986), 57–66.
De Marinis 1985 Raffaele C. De Marinis, "Mantua", Studi Etruschi 51 (1983 [1985]), 196–213.
De Marinis 2005 Raffaele C. De Marinis, "Le iscrizioni etrusche del Forcello", in: Raffaele C. De Marinis, Marta Rapi (eds), L’abitato etrusco del Forcello di Bagnolo S. Vito (Mantova) – le fasi arcaiche. Volume realizzato in occasione della mostra Gli Etruschi a Nord del Po. Le fasi di età arcaica dell'abitato del Forcello di Bagnolo S. Vito, Bagnolo S. Vito (MN), Villa Riva Berni, 18 febbraio - 20 marzo 2005, Firenze: 2005, 57–76.