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Reading in transliteration: talu
Reading in original script: U sL sA22 dT s

Object: BG·31 Verdello (cup)
Position: outside, wall
Orientation: 180°
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
adapted to: Latin script
Number of letters: 4
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: unknown
Language: prob. Celtic
Meaning: 'Talu' (?)

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 288

Sources: Morandi 2004: 712 no. 288



First published in Morandi 2003: 127 f., no. 5.

Images in Morandi 2003: 127 (drawing = Morandi 2004: 712) and fig. 5 (photo = Morandi 2004: 712, fig. 35 = Morandi 2007: 299, fig. 298 [in colour]).

Inscribed upside-down in large, neat letters on the wall of the cup; all letters are damaged by a horizontal break which does not impede the reading. The shape of alpha with two hastae, as opposed to the standard late Lepontic form A s, is probably due to its greater similarity with Latin A25 s (cf. BG·22, BG·29, BG·36.1 and BG·36.2). The form is most likely a hypocoristic on-stem personal name (Morandi 2007: 299 f., no. 27) or an abbreviation.

Corinna Salomon