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ON THE INSCRIPTION ON THE TMUTARAKAN' AMPHORA IN THE KRASNODAR HISTORICAL-ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

by Sergei V. Rjabchikov

The following graffito on the Tmutarakan' amphora housed in the Krasnodar Historical-Archaeological Museum is presented in figure 1.

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Figure 1.
The first letter is the standard Cyrillic one N, but the second letter corresponds to the letter G of the ancient Scythian/Slavonic script cherty i rezy. As sometimes the letter a is omitted in the Tmutarakan' records, one can read the letters nag. One short line is represented above this word; it means in my opinion the word 'one'. Therefore I think that the word nag is the abridgement of the Russian word nagata (nogata) 'money in the ancient Russia'. It is well known that one nogata was equal to 2.5 Russian kunas and to 2.5 Arab dirhems (Klyuchevsky 1987: 225). The term nagata/nogata is comparable with Old Indian nahyati 'to bind; to put on'.

I suppose that the text 'one nogata' is the cost of certain volume of wine.

REFERENCE

Klyuchevsky, V.O., 1987. Sochineniya v devyati tomakh. Vol. 1. Moscow: Mysl'.


Copyright © 1999 by Sergei V. Rjabchikov. All Rights Reserved.

Published 9 December 1999.

Sergei V. Rjabchikov, Krasnodar, RUSSIA.


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