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Transliteration: tali ṣ́uṭriṣ
Original script: S sI sR sT3 sU2 sŚ sspace sI sL2 sA dT3 s

Object: BZ-12 key (iron)
Position: side"side" is not in the list (front, back, top, bottom, inside, outside, neck, shoulder, foot, handle, ...) of allowed values for the "position" property.
Script: North Italic script (Sanzeno alphabet)
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 0.7 cm
Number of letters: 10
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: embossed
Current condition: complete, damaged, restored
Date of inscription:
Date derived from:

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: LIR BZ-15
MLR 288
TM 218534
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 181, 210 f.



First published in Schumacher 1992: 181, 210 f.

Images in Schumacher 2004: Taf. 4,1 (drawing), MLR: 253 (drawing = Schumacher 2004: Taf. 4,1).

Inscribed near the handle of the key; length about 5.3 cm. The lines are damaged by corrosion, but – according to Schumacher – well visible. Today, the reading is impeded by most of them having been traced with paint in gold colour. Our reading therefore follows Schumacher. Ś s and the second T3 s are slightly doubtful, being damaged by holes on the surface. Of the last letter after I s, only the lower part is left – the stroke is slightly bent and might be read S s, though turned against writing direction in context of the Sanzeno alphabet. Neither phonetic sequences nor endings are implausible for Raetic, but no sound interpretation can be offered.

On the opposite side, at about 8.5 cm from the handle, a sequence I sI sI sΘ sI sI sI s (height 0.5 mm, length about 1.5 cm) – see Non-script notational systems for marks of this kind.


LIR Alberto Mancini, Le Iscrizioni Retiche [= Quaderni del dipartimento di linguistica, Università degli studi di Firenze Studi 8–9], Padova: Unipress 2009–10. (2 volumes)