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Reading in transliteration: c̣iami
Reading in original script: I sM6 sA22 sI sC s
Variant reading: p̣iami
I sM6 sA22 sI sP s

Object: BG·22 Verdello (bowl)
Position: bottom, outside
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: Latin script
Number of letters: 5
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete, damaged

Archaeological culture: La Tène D 2 [from object]
Date of inscription: 1st century BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: Celtic
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: Solinas 1995: 37
Morandi 2004: 225

Sources: Morandi 2004: 664 f. no. 225



First published in Solinas 1995: 335, no. 37.

Images in Tizzoni 1981: tav. 13 f (drawing), Solinas 1995: LXVII c (photo), Morandi 2003: 133, fig. 18 (photo = Morandi 2007: 299, fig. 297), Morandi 2004: 667, fig. 26.225 (drawing).

Inscribed on the bottom of the patera, just below the edge between bottom and wall; heavily damaged by abrasions. Solinas and Morandi agree about the reading of letters 2–5, but the first letter is read as pi by Solinas, as Latin C s by Morandi (also 2003: 132 f., no. 14, Morandi 2007: 299, no. 26). Solinas' pi presumably includes a bar which may be a chimera created by abrasion spots, but is depicted in Tizzoni's drawing; Morandi's C s takes the very slight bend in the hasta of putative pi into account. The appearance of Latin C s fits with the dating of the inscription and the other Latinised letters of the inscription: primarily mu M6 s and arguably alpha with two bars, which is more similar to Latin A25 s than the younger Lepontic form A s (cf. BG·29, BG·31, BG·36.1 and BG·36.2).

As proposed by both Solinas and Morandi, the form is most likely a personal name in the genitive; ciami finds comparanda, piami does not (see the word pages).

Corinna Salomon