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Reading in transliteration: kr
Reading in original script: R3 sK4 s

Object: TI·22 Locarno (bottle)
Position: shoulder, outside
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 0.7–1 cm0.276 in <br />0.394 in <br />
Number of letters: 2
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: La Tène D [from object]
Date of inscription: late 2nd–1st c. BC [from object]

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

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 22

Sources: Morandi 2004: 531 no. 22



First published in Morandi 1999: 168. Examined for LexLep on 17th October 2023.

Images in Stöckli 1975: 179, Taf. 35 (drawing), Morandi 1999: 193, pl.VI.3 (photo) and 168 (drawing).

The two letters, kappa smaller than rho, are inscribed clearly on the shoulder of the bottle close to the neck (length 1.9 cm). Morandi (also 2004) includes a vertical line at a distance to the left of the letters in the reading: kr i (as seen in the drawing above; cf. also Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 144 kr(i)) and compares VB·7 kri, but the scratch in question is unintentional, being of a different colour and less straight and deep than the lines of the letters. Cf. De Marinis & Biaggio Simona 2000: 462, no. 541 (kr).

The inscription may be an abbreviation of a personal name; see the word page.

Corinna Salomon


De Marinis & Biaggio Simona 2000 Raffaele C. De Marinis, Simonetta Biaggio Simona (eds), I leponti tra mito e realtà. Raccolta di saggi in occasione della mostra Locarno, Castello Visconteo - Casorella, 20 maggio - 3 dicembre 2000, Verbania: Armando Dadò Editore 2000.