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Reading in transliteration: ka
Reading in original script: K5 dA3 d

Object: VA·24 Arsago Seprio (bowl)
Position: foot, outside
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 1.8 cm0.709 in <br />
Number of letters: 2
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: La Tène D [from object]
Date of inscription: late 2nd–1st c. BC [from object]

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

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 124

Sources: Morandi 2004: 605 f. no. 124



First published in Morandi 2004: 605 f., no. 124. Examined for LexLep on 30th April 2022.

Images in Morandi 2004: tav. XIX.118 (photo; erroneously identified as VA·18), Rapi 2009c: 538, fig. 1.2 (drawing).

Inscribed in clearly legible letters on the foot of the patera (length 1.8 cm). Possibly an abbreviation of a personal name (thus Morandi); see the word page for other attestations of the sequence ka. At the same necropolis are attested another instance of ka (VA·18) on the foot of an unglazed patera and kaio (VA·27) on the bottom of such an object, all dated to La Tène D – a workman's mark?

In the same grave was found a patera (Civico Museo Archeologico (Arsago Seprio), inv. no. St 143581) with a Latin-alphabet inscription on the bottom (not upside-down). M5 dI dT2 dR6 d mitr is presumably an abbreviation of the Graeco-Persian personal name mitridates (in its Roman epigraphic form) (Morandi 2004: 599; images ibid. tav. XXa (photo) and Rapi 2009c: 538, fig. 1.6 (drawing)).

Corinna Salomon