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Reading in transliteration: atis(?)s
Reading in original script: A22 dT3 dI sS6 d(?)S6 d

Object: VB·17 Ornavasso (cup)
Position: foot, outside
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: Latin script
Letter height: 0.8–1.9 cm0.315 in <br />0.748 in <br />
Number of letters: 4
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: Roman imperial period [from object]
Date of inscription: 30–55 AD [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: prob. Celtic
Meaning: abbreviation (?)

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 318
Morandi 2004: 60

Sources: Morandi 2004: 560 f. no. 60



First published in Bianchetti 1895: 68 (no. 5), 219. Examined for LexLep on 20th April 2024.

Image in Morandi 2004: 566, fig. 12.60 (drawing).

Inscribed in the Latin alphabet on the foot of the cup along the rim (length 2.3 cm). Bianchetti and following him Kretschmer 1905: 98, Rhŷs 1913: 60 and Whatmough PID: 118, no. 318, read atis; as observed by Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 145 and Morandi, a second sigma, elongated on top, follows; in addition, the upper curve of the first sigma is extended into a half-moon shape C d, and a horizontal line crosses it on top. It may be suspected that a writing mistake occurred here; which lines are erroneous, which are corrections, and what the writer's intention was, is unclear. Whatever the ending, atis° may be a Celtic personal name (see the word page).

See also Piana Agostinetti 1972: ?, Piana Agostinetti 1997–1999 II: 115, no. 1358, in IV Morandi 1999b: 323 f., no. 14.

Corinna Salomon


Bianchetti 1895 Enrico Bianchetti, I sepolcreti di Ornavasso [= Atti della Società di Archeologia e Belle Arti della provincia di Torino 6], Torino: Paravia 1895.