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Transliteration: taevvtarie
Original script: E sI sR sA dT3 sV sV sE sA dT3 s

Object: HU-6 bronze (bronze)
Position: foot, lower area"lower area" is not in the list (front, back, top, bottom, inside, outside, neck, shoulder, foot, handle, ...) of allowed values for the "position" property.
Orientation: 180°
Script: North Italic script (Sanzeno alphabet)
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 0.5 cm
Number of letters: 8 – 10
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: embossed
Current condition: unknown
Date of inscription: 4th–3rd centuries BC [from object]
Date derived from: typology [from object]

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: LIR SA-20
MLR 306
TM 563551
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 332


First published in Schumacher 1994: 318 f. Autopsied by Stefan Schumacher in October 1992.

Images in Gempeler 1976: Abb. 12a (photo = LIR) and 12b (drawing = Schumacher 1994: Abb. 6 = Schumacher 2004: Taf. 17,2 = LIR), MLR (photo and drawing = Gempeler 1976 photo and drawing).

Inscribed upside-down on lower part of the bronze's base; length about 4 cm. According to Schumacher 1994, the letters are clearly legible, including the two characters in the middle transcribed v. A reading vv is of course phonetically unfavourable, especially seeing as the ending of the inscription in -ie suggests a Raetic individual name and hence linguistic content (pace LIR).

The letter forms clearly demonstrate the inscription to be written in the Sanzeno alphabet; the inscription should be considered part of the subcorpus of the Sanzeno votive inscriptions on bronzes (as done in LIR, cp. also Ciurletti 1992: nota 20), even though the provenance of the object cannot be verified.

The complex symbol on the horse's croup is unparalleled on Sanzeno bronzes; for ornamental (?) strokes like the ones to the symbol's left cp. HU-5 bronze.


Ciurletti 1992 Gianni Ciurletti, "Omaggio al cavaliere di Sanzeno", in: Ingrid R. Metzger, Paul Gleirscher, Die Räter / I Reti [= Schriftenreihe der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpenländer, Neue Folge 4], Bozen: Athesia 1992, 27–39.
Gempeler 1976 Robert D. Gempeler, Werke der Antike im Kunsthaus Zürich [= Sammlungsheft 5], Zürich: Kunsthaus Zürich 1976.
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)