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Reading in transliteration: se
Reading in original script: E sS5 s

Object: MI·19 Milano (beaker)
Position: foot, outside
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 3 cm1.181 in <br />
Number of letters: 2
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: La Tène B 1 [from object]
Date of inscription: second half of 4th c. BC [from object]

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

Alternative sigla: none

Sources: Casini & Motta 2011: 459 f.


First published in Casini & Motta 2011: 459 f., no. 1.

Images in Casini & Motta 2011: 461, fig. 1.1 (drawing and photo).

Two large letters inscribed on the foot of the beaker. Epsilon right in the centre is unambiguous; the character to its right is a handlebar-shaped squiggle which is best identified as sigma (thus also Casini & Motta), whose execution is often wonky in alphabetically Lepontic inscriptions. se may be an abbreviated personal name; see the word page for details.

Corinna Salomon


Casini & Motta 2011 Stefania Casini, Filippo Motta, "Alcune iscrizioni preromane inedite da Milano", Notizie Archeologiche Bergomensi 19 (2011), 459–469.