I have this stone with the incomplete inscription "IH". I think it could be the IHS Christogram but I am not sure.

The height of the fragment is about 10cm, the material seems terracotta.

The stone was found in a rural area in the Emilia Romagna region in Italy.

A local farmer told me it could be from a cemetery.

What other Latin inscription might it be?

How old is it?

A stone with the incomplete inscription "IH"

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    Unfortunately, I think it will be almost impossible to give a good answer without more background: surely you have some more details to give than just "I have this stone"? The only positive thing I can say is that I don't know any Latin words that begin with IH. IHS is a solid guess, though I see no reason to exclude that this is a Greek inscription.
    – brianpck
    Jun 5, 2017 at 19:08
  • @brianpck You're right! I add all the info that I have. Thank you. Jun 5, 2017 at 19:15
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    GNOCCHI, perhaps. Or GRACCHI; now that would be fun if you found his brother too.
    – Hugh
    Jun 5, 2017 at 19:52
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    @Hugh interesting alternative! Even if I did not understand the joke (?). Jun 5, 2017 at 20:36
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    @AlessandroJacopson It's certainly not Gnocchi or Gracchi - so that's the joke - but it could end in -hi. It could well be Italian just as much as Latin or Greek.
    – cmw
    Jun 6, 2017 at 13:30


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