|Object:||AS-3 potsherd (pottery)|
|Direction of writing:||ambiguous|
|Letter height:||2 cm|
|Number of characters:||4|
|Number of lines:||1|
|Date of inscription:||end of the 4th-3rd centuries BC [from object]|
|Date derived from:||archaeological context [from object]|
|Type:||prob. mark of manufacturer|
|Alternative sigla:||PID 218 (i a)|
MLR 110 (1)
|Sources:||Schumacher 2004: 167|
First published in Pellegrini 1915: 120 f. Autopsied by TIR on 16th October 2015.
Image in Pellegrini 1915: tav. II, 23 (drawing).
Incised on the narrow bottom of the vessel. The characters are well legible, covering the entire breadth of the bottom; the sequence extends over 3.5 cm. To its left (assuming that the marks should be viewed with the vessel upside-down, as is the case with most of the corresponding inscriptions from Bostel), at a distance of about 1 cm, four vertical lines crossed by one oblique line. While this second mark so far has no parallel in Bostel, the sequence is also found on AS-15, in combination with a language-encoding inscription. Cp. also AS-2. In view of its reoccurrence in the same find place, the group can be interpreted as a manufacturer's mark.
Note that in Schumacher 2004, the ceramic fragment with inscription AS-3 is said to bear characters in four separate places – a misunderstanding of Whatmough's truncated presentation of the testimonies. The other three fragments mentioned by Pellegrini (p. 121):
PID (i) b = LIR ROT-4 = EX-101
PID (i) c = LIR ROT-13 = EX-102
PID (i) d = LIR ROT-14 = EX-103
are likely to represent partially damaged examples of the same sequence .
|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)|