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Reading in transliteration: sepiut?si
Reading in original script: S6 d??I dU3 dT d?S6 dI d

Object: VA·31 Sesto Calende (bowl)
Position: bottom, inside
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: North Italic script
Number of letters: 8
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: damaged, unknown

Archaeological culture: Golasecca I C [from object]
Date of inscription: 7th c. BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: none

Sources: De Marinis 2009: 158


To be published by Daniele Maras in ziχu 2023. Examined for LexLep on 26th January 2022.

Mentioned in De Marinis 2009: 158 as having been "recentissima" discovered on the inside of the bowl in the Bellini collection; De Marinis reports that the reading is made difficult by damage to the surface, and offers the above "ipotesi di lettura" sepiut(x)si in n. 152. Potentially the oldest Cisalpine Celtic inscription, it is as yet unpublished; cf. Maras 2014: 72 f., 76, Barbieri 2020: 454, n. 10.


Barbieri 2020 Elena Barbieri, "I sigla nella cultura di Golasecca: il caso del comprensorio proto-urbano di Castelletto Ticino – Sesto Calende – Golasecca", Aristonothos 16 (2020), 451–490.
De Marinis 2009 Raffaele C. de Marinis, "Sesto Calende, loc. Cascina Presualdo: coppa con iscrizione", in: Raffaele C. de Marinis, Serena Massa, Maddalena Pizzo (eds), Alle origini di Varese e del suo territorio. Le collezioni del sistema archeologico provinciale [= Bibliotheca Archaeologica 44], Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider 2009, 157–159.