|Object:||SZ-3 bronze (bronze)|
|Script:||North Italic script (Sanzeno alphabet)|
|Direction of writing:||sinistroverse|
|Letter height:||0.80.8 cm <br /> – 1.71.7 cm <br />|
|Number of letters:||11|
|Number of lines:||1|
|Date of inscription:|
|Date derived from:|
|Alternative sigla:||IR 16|
|Sources:||Schumacher 2004: 132|
Object SZ-3 bronze with inscription SZ-3.
First published in Mayr 1950: 333 f. (no. III). Autopsied by TIR in October 2014.
Images in Roberti 1950: Tav. I,III (drawing) = Mayr 1950: 335 (III), Pellegrini 1951: no. 3 (photo) and 307 (3) (drawing), Morandi 1982: 203 (no. 79) (drawing), LIR (photo and drawing = IR).
Length of the readable part ( to ) 7.5 cm. The initial sequence , running in a straight line from the stylised back of the horse to the curve at the shoulder, is written in tallish letters and well legible despite somewhat sloppy execution (, , with a short central line). Sigma is turned against writing direction; the left hasta of Alpha is shortened. The following sequence , set at an angle to the first part on the neck of the horse, has shorter letters and is more slightly embossed. After , an untidy succession of strokes, disturbed by short intermediate and repeated strokes, covering the entire breadth of the object, and even more slightly embossed – these have been read apnu (Alpha with a short oblique left hasta extending from the bar, Nu with an angle reaching the bottom of the line) by Pellegrini 1951: 309 f. (no. 3) after the cleaning of the bronze in April 1952 (Vetter 1954: 70 (no. 3)). Pellegrini attributed the irregularities to the difficulty of writing in a curve, but the reading is highly doubtful. The thin lines appear rather to be a cambered zig-zag ornament or line filler.
visteχa can be identified as an individual name, being attested on another Sanzeno bronze. maiu is obscure – cp. maybe MA-8 with an individual name + muiu.
Further references: Pellegrini 1951: 323, Mayr 1952: 175, Mayr 1960f: 390, Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 223.
|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 1950||Karl M. Mayr, "Die Inschriften der Votive von Sanzeno (1)", Der Schlern 24 (1950), 332–336, 407–409.|
|Mayr 1952||Karl M. Mayr, "Zu den Inschriften der Votive von Sanzeno", Der Schlern 26 (1952), 175–177.|