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Transliteration: χarisθu
Original script: U4 sΘ sS dI sR sA5 sΧ s
Variant Reading: χaris θu
U4 sΘ sspace sS dI sR sA5 sΧ s

Object: VN-8 bone (bone)
Script: North Italic script (Sanzeno alphabet)
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 1.1 cm
Number of letters: 5 – 7
Number of characters: 7
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: engraved
Current condition: complete
Archaeological culture: La Tène C, La Tène D [from object]
Date of inscription: 3rd–1st centuries BC [from object]
Date derived from: archaeological context [from object]

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: LIR BZ-29
MLR 249
TM 653623
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 322



First published in Schumacher 1994b: 296f.

Image in Schumacher 1994b: Abb. 1 (drawing = Schumacher 2004: Taf. 12,4 = LIR = MLR).

Length 4.5 cm. Inscribed with care; the lines are scratched in two parts, each from the outer end inward. The reading of the letters is unambiguous. A slightly bigger gap separates S d from Θ s; U4 sΘ s appear a little broader and more spaced out than the other letters. While this may be coincidence, a discrete sequence χaris could be analysed as a Raetic individual name χari in the genitive. Cp. VN-16 with a similar sequence sans U4 sΘ s, VN-17 with a final U2 sΘ s separated from the preceding sequence by a punctuation mark, and VN-10 / VN-11 with a group A5 sΧ s at the end of the inscription, also separated. Cp. also SZ-2.2 with possible χari.


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)