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

Object: BG·25 Fornovo San Giovanni (cup)
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 after firing
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: 228

Sources: Morandi 2004: 666 no. 228



First published in Morandi 2004: 666, no. 228.

Images in Fortunati Zuccàla 1998: tav. XXIX, fig. 10 (photo), Morandi 2004: 667, fig. 26.228 (drawing), Morandi 2007: 303, fig. 303 (photo; said there to be an image of BG·24).

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 the execution of alpha and rho, which is neater in the present inscription. 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.

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.