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Reading in transliteration: anteśilu
Reading in original script: U sL sI sŚ sE sT sN3 sA s

Object: TI·25 Locarno (pot)
Position: shoulder, outside
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 1.1–1.5 cm0.433 in <br />0.591 in <br />
Number of letters: 8
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete, damaged

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

Type: unknown
Language: Celtic
Meaning: 'Anteśilu'

Alternative sigla: Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 6
Solinas 1995: 25
Motta 2000: 26
Morandi 2004: 23

Sources: Morandi 2004: 531 f. no. 23



First published in Crivelli 1939: 199. Examined for LexLep on 17th October 2023.

Images in Crivelli 1939: 199, fig. 15 (drawing = Giussani 1940: 7), Tibiletti Bruno 1965d: 91 (photo and drawing), Stöckli 1975: 176, Taf. 38 (drawing), Solinas 1995: tav. LXVa and b, Morandi 1999: 167 (drawing) and 192, p. V.2 (photo = Morandi 2004: 784, tav. VI.23), Motta 2000: 215, fig. 23 (photo = Morandi 2004: 784, tav. VI.23).

Inscribed on the shoulder of the olla (length 7.3 cm); well legible. The letters are preserved on three separate fragments, but only epsilon and san are slightly damaged.

anteśilu is a masculine personal name in the nominative (possibly that of the deceased, but cf. TI·23); see the word page for details.

See also Giussani 1940: 6 f., Tibiletti Bruno 1965d, Morandi 1999: 167, no. 10.

Corinna Salomon


Crivelli 1939 Aldo Crivelli, "La necropoli preromana di Solduno", Rivista Storica Ticinese 2/3 (1939), 193–200.
Giussani 1940 Antonio Giussani, "Epigrafi nord-etrusche e romane del nostro territorio", Rivista archeologica della provincia e antica diocesi di Como 123–124 (1940), 5–20.