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Reading in transliteration: p̣e
Reading in original script: E sP s

Object: BG·16 Parre (pot)
Position: wall
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script
Letter height: 2.2 cm0.866 in <br />
Number of letters: 2
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete, damaged

Archaeological culture: unknown [from object]
Date of inscription: 5th–4th century BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 208

Sources: Morandi 2004: 654 no. 208


First published in Morandi 2004: 654, no. 208.

Image in Poggiani Keller 1985b: 30, fig. 29 (drawing).

The two letters appear to be well legible; pi is damaged in the upper area. Morandi 2007: 297, no. 21 refers to the sequence as probably a personal name (presumably abbreviated), but does not speculate about the "ethnic" (linguistic) ascription. Indeed, considering that Parra had strong ties to the inner-Alpine region, it cannot be excluded that the inscription belongs (alphabetically or linguistically) to a Camunic or Raetic tradition. However, short sequences on pottery are more typical for the Cisalpine Celtic corpus, and the isolated sequence pe occurs twice more on pottery in the area of Bergamo (Verdello, but late La Tène) and once at Como, as well as in the Carona petrographs (see the word page).

Corinna Salomon