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Transliteration: ṣχsi
Original script: I sS sΧ3 sS s

Object: SZ-38 knife (iron)
Position: centre"centre" is not in the list (front, back, top, bottom, inside, outside, neck, shoulder, foot, handle, ...) of allowed values for the "position" property.
Orientation: 180°
Script: North Italic script
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 11 cm <br /> – 1.6 cm
Number of letters: 4
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: embossed
Current condition: complete, damaged
Archaeological culture: Late Iron Age [from object]
Date of inscription: 5th–1st centuries BC [from object]
Date derived from: archaeological context [from object]

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: IR 37
TM 218408
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 141


First published in Pellegrini 1951: 316 (no. 18). Autopsied by TIR in June 2015.

Image in Pellegrini 1951: 313 (no. 18) (drawing).

Length 2.3 cm; written on the blade about 3 cm from the rivet hole, facing the blunt edge. The first S s is hardly visible; the inscription may have been in better condition when seen by Pellegrini, in whose drawing the letter appears without reservations. Sigma is taller than Χ3 s and also I s. Apart from the shape of Khi, the inscription is identical to SZ-17, including tall Sigma with the upper angle opening in writing direction. A manufacturer's mark?

Further references: Vetter 1954: 72 f. (no. 18).


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)