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Reading in transliteration: eskiko
Reading in original script: O2 sK2 sI sK2 sS sE s

Object: VR·29 Verona (lid)
Position: shoulder
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script
Letter height: 1.3–1.6 cm0.512 in <br />0.63 in <br />
Number of letters: 6
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: 'Eskingo.' or 'Eskingo'

Alternative sigla: none

Sources: Marchesini & Stifter 2018: 153 (no. 6)


First published in Solinas 2016: 377 (no. 6).

Images in Solinas 2016: tav. LVI a; Marchesini & Stifter 2018: fig. 4.5.6 (photos and drawing).

Length of inscription 6 cm. Omicron is scratched untidily, with a prolonged scratch at the bottom, but the inscription is well preserved; the reading is unambiguous.

Omicron appears to be intended full-height, probably due to influence from Latin writing (Marchesini & Stifter 2018: 145).

The name is either an abbreviation of VR·24 eskikorikos or a different name without the latter's last component stem. Cf. also VR·27 es for possibly a further shortened attestation. If these three inscriptions do indeed attest the same name, the interments are likely to belong to one family (Marchesini & Stifter 2018: 147).

Corinna Salomon