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).
||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.
||Karl M. Mayr, "Zu den Inschriften der Votive von Sanzeno", Der Schlern 26 (1952), 175–177.