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Reading in transliteration: ]ạrt[
Reading in original script: ]T sR2 sA s[

Object: BG·6 Bergamo (bowl)
Position: bottom, outside
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 4 cm1.575 in <br />
Number of letters: 3
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: damaged

Archaeological culture: unknown [from object]
Date of inscription: middle of the 4th to late 3rd century BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: prob. Celtic
Meaning: abbreviation (?)

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 216

Sources: Morandi 2004: 660 no. 216


First published in Morandi 2004: 660, no. 216.

Images in Casini & Motta 2018: 119, fig. 2.4 (photo and drawing).

Of the first letter, only part of the hasta and one bar are left; alpha is the only plausible reading (thus Morandi and Casini & Motta 2018: 120, no. 4). Possibly a manufacturer's mark, and if so, an abbreviation of his name? (See the word page.) The sequence art with the same letter forms is also attested twice on pottery at Fornovo San Giovanni (BG·24, BG·25), but the documents in question are inscribed on the inside on younger objects of black-glazed ware, so that, unless the archaeological datings are imprecise, a connection is not entirely likely.

Corinna Salomon


Casini & Motta 2018 Stefania Casini, Filippo Motta, "Iscrizioni vascolari celtiche a Bergamo", Notizie Archeologiche Bergomensi 26 (2018), 115–128.