|Object:||SR-8 antler (antler)|
|Script:||North Italic script (Magrè alphabet)|
|Direction of writing:||sinistroverse|
|Letter height:||1.11.1 cm <br /> – 1.7 cm|
|Number of letters:||7 – 8|
|Number of characters:||9|
|Number of lines:||1|
|Date of inscription:||3rd century BC [from object]|
|Date derived from:||archaeological context [from object]|
|Alternative sigla:||IR 90|
|Sources:||Schumacher 2004: 158, 338|
First published in Pellegrini & Sebesta 1965: 14 (no. 8). Autopsied by TIR in November 2014.
Length 4.1 cm. The lines are deep and broad and well visible; a vertical crack damages . While it has generally been assumed that the inscription is incomplete in the beginning, a space of 0.5 cm which holds no trace of a character separates the initial letter from the breaking edge. The assumption that letters preceded is probably owing to the initial consonant cluster vs-. The dubious element between and is a shortish vertical scratch very close to the hasta of , which might be read i or as a punctuation mark. It may have been added belatedly, seeing as it looks wedged in between two letters which are at a regular distance of each other. In either case, it might be speculated that it was inserted in the wrong place: A punctuation mark in this place does not at all conform to the Venetic system of syllable punctuation; a letter i situated between and instead of and would solve the problem of the initial cluster. Cp. line 1 of SR-1, also with a problematic short scratch in the middle of the inscription alongside a clear punctuation mark at the end (inscribed). Considering the tidyness of the inscription, a repetition of the hasta of can be excluded. No interpretation can be offered.
|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)|