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Reading in transliteration: prituli
Reading in original script: I sL sU sT sI sR3 sP s
Variant reading: pritua
A23 dU sT sI sR3 sP s

Object: VR·28 Verona (vase)
Position: shoulder
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script
Letter height: 1.7 cm0.669 in <br />
Number of letters: 6–7
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: La Tène D [from object]
Date of inscription: 150–50 BC [from object]

Type: prob. mark of possessor
Language: Cisalpine Gaulish
Syntactic analysis: NP
Meaning: 'of Pritulos' or 'Pritua'

Alternative sigla: none

Sources: Marchesini & Stifter 2018: 153 (no. 5)


First published in Solinas 2016: 376f. (no. 5).

Images in Solinas 2016: tav. LV e (photo); Marchesini & Stifter 2018: fig. 4.5.5 (photos and drawing).

Length of inscription 6.3 cm. Rho is scratched untidily, but the inscription is well preserved. The group of scratches after upsilon appears to form alpha A23 d, but the archaic (and retrograde) form would be surprising here (cf. A s in VR·31) (Marchesini & Stifter 2018: 145); cf., however, VR·33. Solinas reads prituli, although lambda L s and iota I s are very close together. From a linguistic perspective, both options are viable.

Corinna Salomon