|Object:||SZ-1 bronze (bronze)|
(Inscriptions: SZ-1.1, SZ-1.2)
|Script:||North Italic script (Sanzeno alphabet)|
|Direction of writing:||sinistroverse|
|Letter height:||11 cm <br /> – 2.1 cm|
|Number of letters:||5|
|Number of lines:||1|
|Date of inscription:|
|Date derived from:|
|Alternative sigla:||IR 14|
LIR SA-2 b
|Sources:||Schumacher 2004: 131, 335|
Object SZ-1 bronze with inscription SZ-1.2 - rear side.
First published in Mayr 1950: 333 (no. I). Autopsied by TIR in October 2014.
Images in Mayr 1950: 335 (I), Pellegrini 1951: no. 1b (photo) and 307 (1b) (drawing), Morandi 1982: 203 (drawing), LIR (photo and drawing = IR).
Inscribed on the back of the bronze, starting from the head, with characters extending over the entire breadth of the object. Length of the entire sequence 9 cm. The second is disturbed by the drilled hole. After the first five characters, which appear to be letters, a hasta with two very faint bars – possibly . The bars extend into the angle of the symbol , followed by five vertical lines (the one closest to the symbol is not closer than the hasta of potential ). Then, a gap of about 1 cm, and another group of verticals and a St. Andrew's cross. Everything from the symbol onwards in surely ornamental; it is not clear whether the letters spell out a word, and if so, where it ends. Cp. enteθa?, followed by two groups of criss-crossing lines, on SZ-15.2. Seeing as the hole appears to have been drilled after the inscription was applied, but rather before SZ-2.1 was written (where the letters avoid the hole), the inscription on the back may well be a factory mark – note that SZ-15.2 appears on a very similar fish-shaped bronze. The letters could either spell out (part of) a name or other designation, or represent pseudo-script. Pellegrini 1951: 328 suggests a pricemark. Cp. SZ-4.2 / SZ-5.2, also similar bronzes, with the same symbol on the back.
Further references: Pellegrini 1951: 306 ff. (no. 1b), Mayr 1952: 175 (1b), Vetter 1954: 70 (1b), Morandi 1982: 202 f.
|IR||Alberto Mancini, "Iscrizioni retiche", Studi Etruschi 43 (1975), 249–306.|
|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)|
|Mayr 1950||Karl M. Mayr, "Die Inschriften der Votive von Sanzeno (1)", Der Schlern 24 (1950), 332–336, 407–409.|
|Mayr 1952||Karl M. Mayr, "Zu den Inschriften der Votive von Sanzeno", Der Schlern 26 (1952), 175–177.|