CO·14

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Inscription
Reading in transliteration: mei  /  va
Reading in original script: I sE sM s
A sV s (turned 180°)
Variant reading: meiva (single crescent line),
mei / va (two words); meki / va (ligature, Tibiletti Bruno)

Object: CO·14 Rondineto (unidentifiable)
Position: foot, outside
Orientation:
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script
Number of letters: 5
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 2
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: unknown [from object]
Date of inscription: 4th century BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: unknown
Syntactic analysis: PN?
Meaning: "Meiva" (?)

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 296
Solinas 1995: 87
Morandi 2004: 161

Sources: Morandi 2004: 629-630 & 628 (fig. 20.161) & 800 (pl. XXIII.161)
Morandi 1999: 179-180
Solinas 1994: 354

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Commentary

In contrast to Morandi (Morandi 2004: 630) we do not count this inscription as "boustrophedon" since the two lines are both clearly sinistroverse and only oriented bottom to bottom (cf. Morandi 1999: p. 179 ("falso bustrofedismo"), fn. 92 Tibiletti Bruno 1969b: pp. 207-8, nr. 28,Tav. XIII Tibiletti Bruno 1978: p. 147).

Bibliography

Garovaglio 1883 Alfonso Garovaglio, "Segni graffiti impressi, od a vernice traslucido su vasi arcaici delle necropoli di Rondineto, Golasecca, Castelletto Ticino, Coarezza, Montorfano ed Orile", Rivista Archeologica della Provincia di Como 23 (1883), 18–26.