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Transliteration: upi
Original script: I sP2 sU2 s

Object: SZ-39 axe (iron)
(Inscriptions: SZ-39.1, SZ-39.2)
Script: unknown
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 0.90.9 cm <br /> – 1.4 cm
Number of letters: 2
Number of characters: 3
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: embossed
Current condition: complete
Date of inscription: 5th–1st centuries BC [from object]
Date derived from: archaeological context [from object]

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: IR 38 b
LIR SA-64 b
TM 218409
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 141



First published in IR. Autopsied by TIR in October 2014.

Images in Nothdurfter 1979: Abb. 23 (no. 180) (drawing), IR (drawing) = LIR.

Autopsy could only be conducted through the glass of the display case, with the side of the axe with SZ-39.2 on it facing backward. Length approx. 3.5 cm (measurements apud Mancini). Mancini read ali with inverted Alpha, but comparison with the inscription on the other side of the object suggests that the first character is U2 s with a smaller chevron inscribed into it, similar to the common symbol symbol4 s. The only difference between the two inscriptions on the object is the asterisk on SZ-39.1.


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)