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Transliteration: vaþanu / reiθuśnu
Original script: U2 sN sA dÞ3 sA dV s
U2 sN sŚ sU2 sΘ sI sE sR s

Object: SZ-5 bronze (bronze)
(Inscriptions: SZ-5.1, SZ-5.2)
Position: front
Script: North Italic script (Sanzeno alphabet)
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 0.50.5 cm <br /> – 0.9 cm
Number of letters: 14
Number of lines: 2
Craftsmanship: embossed
Current condition: complete
Date of inscription:
Date derived from:

Language: Raetic
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: IR 18 a
LIR SA-7 a
TM 218375
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 133



First published in Mayr 1950: 408 (no. V). Autopsied by TIR in October 2014.

Images in Roberti 1950: Tav. II,V (drawing), Mayr 1950: 409 (V), Pellegrini 1951: no. 5a (photo) and 307 (5a) (drawing), LIR (photo and drawing = IR).

Inscribed in two lines on the front of the bronze, both starting at the stylised feet; length 2.8 cm and 2.6 + 1 cm resp. The letters are well legible and unambiguous. In line 1, final U2 s is a little offset to the bottom to avoid the bulge of the figurine's arm; in line 2, final U2 sN s is written on the neck of the figurine for the same reason. In Ś s neither of the two bars is touching the respective hasta; a reading I sN s ni can be excluded.

We are probably concerned with names in both lines – either both are patronymics in -nu, or vaþanu is an individual name only happening to end in -nu. Neither name is independently attested.

Further references: Pellegrini 1951: 310 f. (no. 5a) and 322, Mayr 1952: 176 (no. 5a), Lejeune 1951: 214, Vetter 1954: 71 (no. 5a), Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 222.


IR Alberto Mancini, "Iscrizioni retiche", Studi Etruschi 43 (1975), 249–306.
Lejeune 1951 Michel Lejeune, "L'Inscription Rétique de Castelcies", Studi Etruschi 21 (1951), 209–214.
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.