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Reading in transliteration: a
Reading in original script: A s

Object: VB·31 Ornavasso (cup)
Position: outside, wall
Orientation: 180°
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 1.5 cm0.591 in <br />
Number of letters: 1
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: unknown [from object]
Date of inscription:

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

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): note xviii (i)
Solinas 1995: 139

Sources: Solinas 1995: 379 no. 139



First published in Bianchetti 1895: 67 (no. 1), 123. Examined for LexLep on 20|sup>th April 2024.

A neat single letter alpha inscribed upside-down on the wall of the cup. It is one of a number of one-character graffiti mentioned by Bianchetti, who notes eleven occurences of Ψ4 s (p. 68, no. 7, examples in photos above) and thirteen occurrences of T s (p. 69, no. 16) on ceramic vessels from San Bernardo (see also Rhŷs 1913: 60). Whatmough PID: 119, note xviii, adds (iv) one occurrence of Z d and (v) two occurrences of T4 s. The one-letter graffiti are included collectively by Solinas 1995 (no. 139) and discussed (without a siglum) by Morandi 2004: 556 f. Some of them may be abbreviations of personal names, but letter-like para-script marks are equally possible.

See also Piana Agostinetti 1972: 267-271, Piana Agostinetti 1997–1999: ?, in IV Morandi 1999b: ?.

Corinna Salomon


Bianchetti 1895 Enrico Bianchetti, I sepolcreti di Ornavasso [= Atti della Società di Archeologia e Belle Arti della provincia di Torino 6], Torino: Paravia 1895.