BG·15 Parre

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Classification: spindle whorl

Material: stone
Size: diameter 3.6 cm, thickness 2 cm
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: unknown
Date: 5th century BC (?)
Date derived from: archaeological context

Site: Parre (Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy)
Field name: Parre Castello
Archaeological context: u.s. 347
Coordinates (approx.): 45° 52' 17.37" N, 9° 53' 13.62" E
Find date: 1988
Find circumstances: excavation
Finder: Soprintendenza Archeologica della Lombardia
Current location: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Lombardia (Bergamo)

Inscription: BG·15 (katua)

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 207

Sources: Morandi 2004: 653 f. no. 207



Images in Poggiani Keller 1991: tav. LXVIIb (photo), Morandi 2001: fig. 4 (photo and drawing, the latter = Morandi 2004: 656, fig. 24.207), Morandi 2004: tav. XXVII.207 (photo), Morandi 2007: 288, fig. 280.19 (drawing) and 296, fig. 93 (photo [mirrored along the x-axis]).

Sandstone spindle whorl, cylindrical with slightly rounded edges and smoothed surface (find no. 211). Morandi 2004: 654 and 2007: 296 f., no. 20 assumes that the object is a votive gift.

A spindle whorl from Parre with inscription "di difficile decifrazione" is mentioned by Solinas 1995: 384 – Morandi cites this reference, so this seems to be the same object, though Solinas gives 1992 as the find date. Solinas and Morandi 2001: 16 give a dating to the 5th century BC, which seems to agree with the vague indications in Poggiani Keller 1991: 440; see the inscription page for Morandi's palaeographical dating.

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