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Reading in transliteration: kl
Reading in original script: unknown

Object: BG·27 Lovere (pitcher)
Position: foot, outside
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: unknown
Number of letters: 2
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: unknown

Archaeological culture: Roman imperial period [from object]
Date of inscription: late 1st c. BC (?) [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 230

Sources: Morandi 2004: 668 no. 230


Image in Vimercati Sozzi 1869: tav. XXIV.3 (n.v.).

Two characters inscribed "sotto il fondo" (foot or bottom?), read as sinistroverse kappa and lambda by Morandi, who suggests an abbreviation of a personal name. Considering the shortness, isolated nature and late date of the document, a non-script mark is maybe more likely. If one wants to assume a connection with pre-Roman North Italic literacy, it must be remembered that Lovere is archaeologically associated more closely with the Camunic than with the Celtic area (Fortunati & Poggiani Keller 2007 passim). Cf. maybe kl on a bowl from Sanzeno?

Corinna Salomon


Fortunati & Poggiani Keller 2007 Maria Fortunati, Raffaella Poggiani Keller (eds), Storia economica e sociale di Bergamo. I primi millenni – dalla preistoria al medioevo, Bergamo: 2007.