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Transliteration: ka kavinχ
Original script: Χ sN sI sV sA7 sK sspace sA7 sK s

Object: AS-16 beaker (pottery)
Position: bottom
Orientation: 180°
Script: North Italic script
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 22 cm <br /> 2 cm <br />
Number of letters: 8
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: incised
Current condition: complete, damaged
Date of inscription: end of the 4th-3rd centuries BC [from object]
Date derived from: archaeological context [from object]

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: MLR 101
TM 653519


First published in Marinetti 2011b: 201 (no. 2). Autopsied by TIR on 14th October 2015.

Images in Marinetti 2011b: 201 (2) (drawing), MLR (photos and drawing).

Inscribed on the narrow bottom of the beaker, the tops of the characters pointing towards the foot. The object is restored, the first two letters are written on a separate fragment. A break slightly disturbs the last character.

The characters are well distingushable. The first two, A7 sK s, are isolated. After a gap of 2.5 cm, another K s. Its upper bar is faint, but rather prolonged horizontally, but it is questionable whether this is the reason for the fact that the next character A7 s is again written at a distance of about 1 cm. The rest of the characters stand close together; the left bar of N s even touching the right bar of Χ s. The break after Χ s is very straight; it cannot be excluded that it obscures an I s. All in all, the inscription measures about 10.5 cm. Both the sequence (k)avinχ and the reason for the offset characters are obscure. Cp. BZ-25, SZ-90 and FI-1 for isolated ka.

Also on the bottom of the beaker, the same mark is inscribed twice, at 2.5 cm from Χ s, and again 4.5 cm further on, which is 5.5 cm before the first K s. The mark is shaped like Φ2 s with a little St. Andrew's cross inscribed into or under its right half. Cp. the marks on bone objects from Rotzo AS-12 and AS-13.


Marinetti 2011b Anna Marinetti, "Le iscrizioni retiche dal Bostel di Rotzo (Vicenza)", Quaderni di Archeologia del Veneto (QdAV) XXVII (2011), 201–203.