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Reading in transliteration: pit
Reading in original script: P dI dT d
Variant reading: lit
L2 dI dT d

Object: BG·30 Verdello (bowl)
Position: bottom, outside
Orientation: 180°
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Number of letters: 3
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: complete, damaged

Archaeological culture: La Tène D 2 [from object]
Date of inscription: second half of 1st century BC [from object]

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

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 287

Sources: Morandi 2004: 711 f. no. 287


First published in Morandi 2003: 126 f., no. 3.

Images in Morandi 2003: 126, fig. 3 (photo) and 127 (drawing), Morandi 2007: 300, fig. 299 (photo).

Inscribed upside-down on the bottom of the patera near the foot; only a single crack disturbes two letters, the reading is unambiguous. A dextroverse reading L dI sT s lit can be excluded because of the ductus (prolonged hastae of the first and third letters) and the comparison with BG·7 and BG·28.1; upside-down inscriptions on bowls and cups are common in the Bergamo area. Probably an abbreviation of a personal name, see the word pages. An interpretation as a workman's mark is likely considering the reoccurrence of the sequence in the area of Bergamo.

Corinna Salomon