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Reading in transliteration: au
Reading in original script: A25 dU3 d

Object: VA·9 Somma Lombardo (cup)
Position: bottom, outside
Direction of writing: ambiguous
Script: unknown
Number of letters: 2
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: unknown

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

Type: unknown
Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 109

Sources: Morandi 2004: 597 f. no. 109



First published in Simone 1986: 102 sub c.

Image in Simone 1986: 103, tav. 1 c (drawing).

The reading au is tentatively suggested by Morandi based on the very small drawing of the graffito in Simone; Morandi thinks that the two even smaller chevrons indicated in the drawing at a little distance from the first may be a repetition of the same two characters. As Morandi himself observes, Latin influence would have to be assumed for alpha; this conflicts with inverted upsilon, atypical for both Lepontic and Latin alphabet. The characters are most likely non-script marks; cf. the olla bearing a single mark on the wall from the same grave (Simone 1986: 102 sub g). Also from the same grave VA·7 and VA·8.

Also mentioned in Solinas 1995: 385.

Corinna Salomon