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Reading in transliteration: anisa
Reading in original script: A3 dN dI dS3 dA3 d

Object: VA·8 Somma Lombardo (bowl)
Position: bottom, outside
Orientation: 180°
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Number of letters: 5
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: complete

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

Type: unknown
Language: prob. Celtic
Meaning: 'Anisa'

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 108

Sources: Morandi 2004: 597 no. 108



First published in Simone 1986: 102 sub b.

Images in Simone 1986: 103, tav. 1 b (drawing), Morandi 2001: 11, no. 3 (drawing = [traced] Morandi 2004: 603, fig. 16.108).

Applied upside-down with irregular letters close to the foot. Nu could also be classified as Latinised N6 d. Sigma is executed as an irregular flat zig-zag of five lines; see S and cf. a similar form in VA·7 from the same grave. From the same grave also VA·9.

The sequence can be interpreted as a feminine personal name; a Celtic analysis is possible, but no exact comparanda are available (see the word page).

The inscription is also mentioned in Solinas 1995: 385, Morandi 2001: 11, no. 3.

Corinna Salomon