from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In modern archaeology, a deep ceramic vase with a wide opening.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pl. situlæ (-lē). Eccles., an aspersorium, or movable stoup.
- n. A very yellow star of magnitude 5.5, K Aquarii.
- n. A deep bucket-shaped vase with a wide mouth and two handles near the top. In Greek pottery this form is found mainly in the earlier styles.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The dipsas is a kind of asp, called in Latin situla because anyone bitten by it dies of thirst.
Now that I have found the same word, on a situla giving it context in and around Trento, right along the line where the Rhaeti split into Latin and German speaking peoples after their subjugation in 15 BCE by Cæser Tiberius, I think I have a plausible theory for the origin of this famous inscription.
All I can say for now on that item is that it appears to be marked in genitive -s and may more likely refer to either the situla itself or to the liquids to be poured from it.
First off, I would think it wise to resist reading the above as a single sentence since these different lines are written in various places on the surface of a situla and cannot possibly have been intended to be read as a single sentence as Pisani suggests.
The fact that it is a bronze situla reinforces this interpretation.
CE 1 to Etruscan are not just coincidental, as I've already explained, since the combined mention of something "being poured" (trinaχe) and Vulcan (Velχanu) is uncanny for a situla, which, if you followed the link to the definition is precisely used for in ritual to "contain liquid".
The situla, attributed to the painter of the Dublin situlae, sold for $40,000.
A small Carolingian bucket, or situla, superbly carved in ivory with scenes from Christ's Passion and resurrection is a rare survival from the late 10th century.