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Reading in transliteration: kaio
Reading in original script: K dA dI dO8 d

Object: VA·27 Arsago Seprio (bowl)
Position: bottom, outside
Orientation: 180°
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 1.4 cm0.551 in <br />
Number of letters: 4
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: complete, damaged

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

Type: unknown
Language: perhaps Celtic
Meaning: 'Kaio'

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 127

Sources: Morandi 2004: 607 no. 127



First published in Morandi 2001: 14, no. 9. Examined for LexLep on 30th April 2022.

Images in Morandi 2001: 14 (drawing), Morandi 2004: 609, fig. 17.127 (drawing) and pl. XX.127 (photo), Rapi 2009c: 540, fig. 3.5 (drawing).

Inscribed upside-down on the bottom of the patera just above the rim of the foot (length 3.8 cm). All the letters, preserved on three fragments, are damaged by breaks, but the reading is unambiguous. The sequence kaio can be interpreted as a personal name, but its ascription to Celtic is uncertain (see the word page). See VA·18 and VA·24 ka at the same necropolis, also on unglazed paterae and with similar dating, for a possible abbreviation – a workman's signature?

Corinna Salomon