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Reading in transliteration: aśuesa
Reading in original script: A sS2 dE sU sŚ sA s

Object: BG·23 Fornovo San Giovanni (cup)
Position: foot, outside
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Number of letters: 6
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete, damaged

Archaeological culture: unknown [from object]
Date of inscription: 3rd century BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: Celtic
Meaning: 'Aśuesa'

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 226

Sources: Morandi 2004: 665 f. no. 226



First published in Morandi 2001: 18, no. 13.

Images in Morandi 2001: 18 (drawing), Morandi 2004: 667, fig. 26.226 (drawing) and 805, tav. XXVIII.226 (photo), Morandi 2007: 302, fig. 302 (photo).

Inscribed across the foot of the bowl. A break slightly damages the lower parts of most letters, but the reading is unambiguous. The oblique line near the first alpha is surely part of the concentric circling lines which cover the whole surface. Upsilon is not closed at the bottom (cf. BG·2.1). Morandi (2004) mentions that sigma has four bars, though his drawing only shows three; the fourth bar (possibly even three more bars) is faintly visible in the colour close-up in Morandi 2007. Final alpha features very long bars.

aśuesa is an ā-stem, most probably feminine personal name. San appears to denote /d/: adu̯esā (see the word page).

Corinna Salomon