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Reading in transliteration: tau
Reading in original script: T dA24 dU d

Object: BG·29 Verdello (cup)
Position: outside, wall
Orientation: 180°
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
adapted to: Latin script
Number of letters: 3
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: complete, damaged

Archaeological culture: Roman republican period [from object]
Date of inscription: second half of 1st century BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: perhaps Celtic
Meaning: abbreviation (?)

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 286

Sources: Morandi 2004: 711 no. 286


First published in Morandi 2003: 125 f., no. 2.

Images in Morandi 2003: 125, fig. 2 (photo) and 126 (drawing).

Inscribed upside-down on the wall of the cup; damaged by the breaks, but clearly legible. The bar of alpha is only slightly inclined; the letter form is likely an adaptation of normal younger Lepontic A d to a form which is more similar to Latin A25 s (cf. BG·22, BG·31, BG·36.1 and BG·36.2). The form may be an abbreviation of a personal name, possibly Celtic – <au> may be a Latinised spelling (cf. BG·37), see the word page.

From the same grave BG·32 and a Latin graffito (see the object page).

Corinna Salomon