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Reading in transliteration: as
Reading in original script: A22 sS s
Variant reading: sa
A2 sS s

Object: VA·28 Samarate (bowl)
(Inscriptions: VA·28.1, VA·28.2, VA·28.3)
Position: foot, outside
Direction of writing: ambiguous
Script: North Italic script
Letter height: 6 cm2.362 in <br />
Number of letters: 2
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: unknown

Archaeological culture: unknown [from object]
Date of inscription: late 2nd c. BC [from object]

Type: prob. mark of manufacturer
Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 300 bis
Solinas 1995: 115
Morandi 2004: 128 B

Sources: Morandi 2004: 607 f. 128 B



First published in Bertolone 1931: 43.

Images in Bertolone 1931: 44, fig. 13 (drawing), Morandi 2004: 609, fig. 17.128 (drawing).

Two characters inscribed on the foot of the patera near the rim. The left character looks like a form of alpha with a prolonged (lower) bar, so that the type cannot be determined (A22 s, A s?); the writing direction is therefore uncertain. Cf. also the issues with alpha in the other inscriptions on the object. Whatmough (Addenda p. 630), Solinas and Morandi read as, Tibiletti Bruno 1978 sa; both are equally plausible and otherwise attested in the corpus. In either case we are probably concerned with a workman's mark, possibly an abbreviation os a personal name (see the word pages), which is not connected with the other two inscriptions.

Corinna Salomon


Bertolone 1931 Mario Bertolone, "Scoperte archeologiche nell'Agro Gallaratese", Rivista Archeologica dell'Antica Provincia e Diocesi di Como. Antichità ed Arte 102–104 (1931), 23–52.