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Transliteration: ?
Original script: ?

Object: SZ-13 bronze (bronze)
Position: front, lower area"lower area" is not in the list (front, back, top, bottom, inside, outside, neck, shoulder, foot, handle, ...) of allowed values for the "position" property.
Script: unknown
Direction of writing: unknown
Craftsmanship: embossed
Current condition: complete
Date of inscription:
Date derived from:

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: IR 26
TM 218383
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 135



First published in Mayr 1959c. Autopsied by TIR in October 2014.

Images in LIR (photo and drawing).

Along the edge on the animal's belly, over a length about 8.7 cm, a succession of short strokes and angles (max. height 4 mm). After Pellegrini 1951: 315 (no. 13) stated his conviction that these constituted an inscription, though hardly legible, Mayr, who had not acknowledged the traces at all in 1951 (p. 134, no. XIII), was the first to attempt a reading: N sI sŚ sA15 sI s I sR2 sE sL2 sΦ2 s Þ3 sU2 s U2 sR2 sU2 sL sU2 sI s iupuru φleri iaśin. Mancini, however, observes quite correctly that it is impossible to determine the original shape of the characters, and remarks on the fact that only their lower halves appear to be in evidence. Indeed, the row of longer and shorter lines and bigger and smaller angles offers four points which might suggest letters: In two places, there appear to be bars extending from hastae; in two places, very short vertical strokes do not reach the edge of the bronze and appear to be inscribed into larger angles (see these spots pointed out in the drawing). Note that the object does not fit in with the other Sanzeno bronzes and may be imported (see SZ-13 bronze for details). Cp. SZ-21, also on an atypical object, with a very similar row of strokes along the edge.

Further references: Mayr 1952: 176 (no. 13), Vetter 1954: 72.


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)
Mayr 1951 Karl M. Mayr, "Die Inschriften der Votive von Sanzeno (2)", Der Schlern 25 (1951), 30–32, 78–79, 133–135, 179–181.
Mayr 1952 Karl M. Mayr, "Zu den Inschriften der Votive von Sanzeno", Der Schlern 26 (1952), 175–177.
Mayr 1959c Karl M. Mayr, "Die Inschrift auf dem Delphin von Sanzeno. Ein Erstversuch zu ihrer Entzifferung", Der Schlern 33 (1959), 397.