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Reading in transliteration: rio
Reading in original script: R dI dO3 d

Object: TI·16 Giubiasco (bowl)
Position: foot, outside
Direction of writing: ambiguous
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Number of letters: 3
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: unknown

Archaeological culture: unknown [from object]
Date of inscription: unknown [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: perhaps Celtic
Meaning: abbreviation (?)

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 17

Sources: Morandi 2004: 528 no. 17


First published in Kientz 1943: 765.

Image in Kientz 1943: 765 (drawing = Crivelli 1943: 52, fig. 123).

Kientz, who claims to have seen the inscribed fragment at Bellinzona, but does not identify it, provides a drawing of the letters (iota appears to be damaged) and the reading rio, and compares TI·15. The same drawing is found in Crivelli 1943 without reference to the source; both Kientz and Crivelli (p. 53) consider the inscription to be dextroverse.

The sequence rio could, like riop in TI·15, be an abbreviation of a personal name, but the matter must be considered uncertain until the reading can be verified.

Corinna Salomon


Crivelli 1943 Aldo Crivelli, Atlante preistorico e storico della Svizzera Italiana. Vol. 1: Dalle origini alla civiltà romana, Bellinzona: Istituto Editoriale Ticinese 1943.