SZ-85 bowl

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Classification: bowl
Archaeological type: Sanzeno-Schale
Material: pottery
Size: height: 5.5 cm, rim diameter: 8.4 cm, maximum diameter: 9.4 cm, base diameter: 2.7 cm, thickness: 3 mm
Condition: complete, 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: probably in the second half of the 19th century
Find circumstances: old finding
Current location: Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (repository)
Inventory Nr.: none

Inscription: SZ-85 (iu)

Sources: unpublished


Bowl type Sanzeno.
Complete and restored by composing different fragments. Broken in the area of the mouth rim. Fine clay, from medium brown in colour, with a moderate temper of fine grained sand and slight argentine mica; reduction firing; burnished. In accord with the typology of the bowls type Sanzeno: high neck, widely extending mouth rim, compressed body and the typical omphalos.
Circumferential decoration in form of two deep, parallel running ribbons. Below further decorations: at different positions a group of vertical comb stamps perforations at which the number and dimension are alternating. Decorations before firing.
On the bottom characters.
Find spot Sanzeno, but further find circumstances unknown. The object presents one of the old findings from Sanzeno which were found by the local inhabitants at the end of the 19th century in Sanzeno. The major part of these findings were acquired by the Tyrolean State Museum in the course of the turn of the century, hence the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
The dating follows the common typology related to this type of bowl.
The present Sanzeno-Schale is until now unpublished. In the here available data bank about the Raetic inscriptions the bowl is the first time mentioned. Meanwhile a new study about Raetic inscriptions was released by Marchesini. In this study the bowl is listed twice: once with "MLR 221" and once again with "MLR 236". An autopsy was effected (cp. MLR: 204 [MLR 221] and again MLR: 212 [MLR 236]; obviously the publication refers to the characters which the bowl bears.). Although it is evident that, comparing the photos, the archaeological facts and the description of the object as well as the characters the bowl bears, the same bowl is indicated twice, the presentation of the characters is various: For "MLR 221" is indicated Θ sI s, however related to "MLR 236" is given U2 sI s resp. I sU2 s.
Autopsied by the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum in November 2013.