|Object:||SR-3 antler (antler)|
(Inscriptions: SR-3.1, SR-3.2)
|Script:||North Italic script (Magrè alphabet)|
|Direction of writing:||sinistroverse|
|Letter height:||1.4 cm|
|Number of letters:||6|
|Current condition:||damaged, incomplete|
|Date of inscription:||3rd century BC [from object]|
|Date derived from:||archaeological context [from object]|
|Alternative sigla:||IR 85|
LIR SE-1 (2)
MLR 81 (b)
|Sources:||Schumacher 2004: 157|
Object SR-3 antler with inscriptions SR-3.1 and SR-3.2.
First published in Pellegrini & Sebesta 1965: 10 f. (no. 3). Autopsied by TIR in November 2014.
Images in Pellegrini & Sebesta 1965: 10 (drawing) and fig. 5 (photo), IR (drawing = LIR), LIR (photo), MLR (photo).
Length of the remains about 2.5 cm. Inscribed more slightly than SR-3.1, starting from the narrower end of the piece of antler. The inscription must have been applied after SR-3.1, as its last letter had to be offset to avoid disturbance by the last letter of SR-3.1. Despite the differences in line thickness and style (Alpha), it cannot be excluded that SR-3.1 and SR-3.2 are two lines of the same inscription.
The drawings and photographs provided by Pellegrini and Mancini show that today a small fragment on the breaking edge is missing; this fragment appears to have held the central part of a character before (the remains of a hasta?). , being damaged, might also be read , but as Mancini argues, the possibility of a third bar having disappeared (in either top or bottom) is not a sufficient reason to settle on . This holds true also in the light of following and a consequent diphthong ei. The fact that is upside-down might even suggest a reading instead of , but the bars do not appear to touch the second hasta at all. Also, reading would require reading instead of for the next character, whose alleged bar is longish, but still decidedly shorter than the hasta. is all but gone today due to the recent damage of the object (cp. SR-3 antler), but appears to have been perfectly well legible. Of offset , only the tip is damaged.
We are probably concerned with a Raetic word suffixed with -na.
Further references: Mayr 1969: 330 f..
|IR||Alberto Mancini, "Iscrizioni retiche", Studi Etruschi 43 (1975), 249–306.|
|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)|