V 119. Bakla. Graffito, VIII–IXth centuries C.E.
H. 28.0, W. 90.0, Th. unknown.
On the front is an image of a horse with stripes on its neck, perhaps representing a cord. Broken.
Place of Origin
Foot of the settlement, burial vault, wall.
1984, survey of I.A. Baranov.
Institution and inventory
Central Museum of Tavrida, no inventory number.
Over the image of a horse.
Graffito. Alpha with a loop, tau with serifs.
VIII–IXth centuries C.E.
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Lines of text are widely spaced. A few Greek letters that are preserved apparently belong to the non-Greek names of those buried in the burial vault. They might be Turkic names because a block with a carved Turkic tamga was also found in the burial. It is unclear why Baranov (1990, 129, fig. 50) considers this inscription dedicatory. Baranov finds parallels for horse images on bricks from Sarkel and stone blocks from Mayatskoye settlement.
For the archaelogical context, see Baranov 1990, 129.