SZ-27 potsherd

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Classification: bowl
Archaeological type: Sanzeno-Schale
Material: pottery
Size: height: 4 cm, rim diameter: 8 cm, maximum diameter: 8.4 cm, thickness: 5 mm
Condition: fragmentary, restored
Date: 3rd–2nd centuries BC
Date derived from: typology

Site: Sanzeno (Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy)
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 21' 57.60" N, 11° 4' 30.00" E [from site]
Find date: 1902
Find circumstances: old finding
Current location: Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (repository)
Inventory Nr.: 11.965


Sources: PID: 21 [No. 207a]


Ceramic fragment.
Fragment of a Sanzeno bowl, restored by composing three sherds. Fine clay, from dark grey to black in colour, with a moderate temper of fine grained sand and cast gold; reduction firing; burnished.
The above-mentioned dimensions result of the autopsy by the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum. Marchesini indicates: "Largh max cons 8 cm; alt max cons 5,7 cm; spess orlo 0, 4cm; diam 8 cm" (cp. MLR: 175).
Circumferential decoration in form of two deep, parallel running ribbons.
At two positions characters: inside in the area of the rim and outside on the bottom.
The find date, 1902, given by Mancini is uncertain (cp. LIR: 115). Further find circumstances unknown. However, concerning the other finds from Sanzeno the findspot Casalini is equally probable.
The dating follows the common typology related to Sanzeno bowls.
Whatmough notes that Conway sees this and other sherds from Sanzeno in March 1908 and von Planta in October 1924; Whatmough indicates the sherd as unpublished and mentions only Sanzeno as find place (cp. PID: 21). In total Whatmough publishes three inscriptions on potsherds with the No. 207a, No. 207b and No. 207c (cp. PID: 21). However the study and autopsy by the team of the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum have shown that the the latter two objects are complete extant Sanzeno bowls. Therefore following concordance arises as a result: SZ-27 potsherd = PID: No. 207a = LIR: SA-58; SZ-28 bowl = PID: No. 207b = LIR: SA-50a = LIR: SA-50b; SZ-29 bowl = PID: No. 207c = LIR: SA-81 = LIR: SA-101. Cp. also the related objects in the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum: SZ-27 potsherd, SZ-28 bowl as well as SZ-29 bowl.
Franz also mentions the potsherd but without given an inventory number or other information. His study regards only the inscription and the analogy to SZ-79 (cp. Franz 1959: 228 [below No. 2]). In the recently released study about the Raetic inscriptions by Marchesini the fragment of a Sanzeno bowl is listed with "MLR 166" among the inscriptions from Sanzeno, an autopsy was effected (cp. MLR: 175 [MLR 166]).
Autopsied by the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum in November 2013.
S.K. with additional information by C.S.



Franz 1959 Leonhard Franz, "Rätische Inschriften im Innsbrucker Landesmuseum", Der Schlern 33 (1959), 228–229.
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)