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Reading in transliteration: kri
Reading in original script: K dR dI d

Object: VB·7 Ornavasso (cup)
Position: bottom, outside
Orientation: 180°
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 0.8–1.1 cm0.315 in <br />0.433 in <br />
Number of letters: 3
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete

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

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

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 310
Solinas 1995: 134
Morandi 2004: 52

Sources: Morandi 2004: 554 f. no. 52



First published in Bianchetti 1895: 68 (no. 10), 152. Examined for LexLep on 20th April 2024.

Image in Solinas 1995: tav. LXXIII b (photo).

Inscribed in neat letters on the bottom of the cup (length 1.6 cm). Writing direction and orientation are technically ambiguous, but the ductus and comparison with similar documents strongly suggests that the inscription is dextroverse and applied upside-down. The short sequence kri is most likely an abbreviation of a personal name.

See also Kretschmer 1905: 98, no. 10, Rhŷs 1913: 60, no. 10, Whatmough PID 115, no. 310, Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 144, Solinas 1995: 377, no. 134, Piana Agostinetti 1972: 115, 272, tav. XXXI.7, Piana Agostinetti 1997–1999 II: 62, in IV Morandi 1999b: 319, no. 8.

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.