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Transliteration: sχsi
Original script: I sS sΧ sS s

Object: SZ-17 handle (bronze)
Position: handle, 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
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 0.4 cm – 0.8 cm
Number of letters: 4
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: embossed
Current condition: complete, restored
Date of inscription: 5th–4th centuries BC [from object]
Date derived from: typology [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: PID 198
TM 218387
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 136


First published in PID. Autopsied by TIR in November 2013.

Images in LIR (photo and drawing).

Length 1.8 cm. The orientation of S d is unusual; the short stroke of I s is probably due to the curvature of the handle. Compare the almost identical inscription SZ-38 on an iron knife – a manufacturer's mark?

Further references: Battisti 1936: 495, Battisti 1944: 229, Pellegrini 1951: 316, Vetter 1954: 73.


Battisti 1936 Carlo Battisti, "Rivista Linguistica Etrusca 1932-35 (Prima puntata)", Studi Etruschi 10 (1936), 488–517.
Battisti 1944 Carlo Battisti, "Osservazioni sulla lingua delle iscrizioni nell'alfabeto etrusco settentrionale di Bolzano", Studi Etruschi 18 (1944), 199–236.
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)