SZ-15 bronze

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Classification: bronze
Material: bronze
Size: length: 10.1 cm, width: 2.2 cm, height: 6 mm
Condition: complete, damaged
Date: 5th–1st centuries BC
Date derived from: archaeological context

Site: Sanzeno (Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy)
Field name: Casalini
Archaeological context: settlement, section C
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 21' 57.60" N, 11° 4' 30.00" E [from site]
Find date: May 1951
Find circumstances: excavation
Current location: Museo Retico Sanzeno (on exhibition)
Inventory Nr.: 9291


Sources: Fogolari 1960: 273 (No. 16)



Fish shaped bronze.
From half-round to round. Broken in the area of the fins. According to Fogolari the bronze is in medium state of preservation (cp. Fogolari 1960: 273).
On the front an inscription in two lines, on the back side another inscription. The inscriptions probably first published in Pellegrini 1951: 315–316, fig. 15a.
Almost the entire group of bronzes from Sanzeno was discovered between 1947 and 1949. The bronzes were found by chance in a sand pit (cp. Pellegrini 1951: 304; Vetter 1954: 66-67). In consequence of these accidental findings a governmental excavation was initiated by Prof. Brusin. Since 1951 the excavation was executed under the direction of G.B. Frescura (cp. Vetter 1954: 72; Fogolari 1960: 268). The present bronze was found in Sanzeno during the offical excavation in May 1951 (cp. Pellegrini 1951: 316; Mayr 1952: 176–177). The object was discovered with other findings in section C of the settlement. The map and the here used number 16 indicates the exact find spot of the bronze (cp. for the map: Fogolari 1960: pl. A; for the excavation in Sanzeno from 1950 to 1951 cp. Fogolari 1960: 268–277).
The entire material discovered in Sanzeno dates to the late Iron age period, i.e. from the 5th century BC to the Roman period (cp. Fogolari 1960: 269). Therefore the statuette must also date to this timeframe.
So far not autopsied by the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum. The indications follow the information given in literature (cp. below the bibliography).



Fogolari 1960 Giulia Fogolari, "Sanzeno nell'Anaunia", in: Deputazione di Storia Patria per le Province di Romagna (Eds), Civiltà del Ferro. Studi pubblicati nella ricorrenza centenaria della scoperta di Villanova [= Documenti e studi VI], Bologna: Forni 1960, 265–321.
Mayr 1952 Karl M. Mayr, "Zu den Inschriften der Votive von Sanzeno", Der Schlern 26 (1952), 175–177.