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Reading in transliteration: art
Reading in original script: T sR sA3 s

Object: BG·24 Fornovo San Giovanni (bowl)
Position: bottom, inside
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Number of letters: 3
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: unknown [from object]
Date of inscription: late 2nd–early 1st century BC [from object]

Type: prob. mark of manufacturer
Language: prob. Celtic
Meaning: abbreviation (?)

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 227

Sources: Morandi 2004: 666 no. 227



First published in Morandi 2004: 666, no. 227.

Images in Fortunati Zuccàla 1998: tav. XXVIII, fig. 8 (photo), Morandi 2004: 667, fig. 26.227 (drawing).

Rho One of two attestations of the sequence art on black-glazed ware from the same grave in the Brolo necropolis – a manufacturer's mark? The two inscriptions differ only slightly, in that the present one is executed more roughly: the hasta of alpha is somewhat prolonged at the top, the pocket of rho is executed with three straight scratches rather than a smooth curve. Morandi assumes an abbreviation of a personal name in art- (see the word page). The same sequence is also attested at Bergamo (BG·6), but that object is not black-glazed ware and dated earlier than the ones from Fornovo San Giovanni, and the inscription is applied on the outside.

See also Morandi 2007: 303 (no. 36).

Corinna Salomon


Fortunati Zuccàla 1998 Maria Fortunati Zuccàla, "Il territorio bergamasco e il dualismo montagna-pianura: osservazioni sulle presenze archeologiche", Rassegna di Studi del Civico Museo Archeologico e del Civico Gabinetto Numismatico di Milano 66–67 (1998), 67–91.