TI·4 Giubiasco

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Classification: plate
Archaeological Type: terra sigillata Dragendorff 31

Material: pottery
Size: height 6.2 cm, max. diam. 20.4 cm, foot diam. 9.3 cm
Condition: complete
Autopsy by: Corinna Salomon
Date of autopsy: Aug 18 2021

Archaeological culture: Augustan
Date: second half of 1st c. AD
Date derived from: typology

Site: Giubiasco (fraction of: Bellinzona, Ticino, Switzerland)
Field name: Giubiasco necropolis
Archaeological context: "grave" 251
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 10' 22.80" N, 9° 0' 39.60" E [from site]
Find date: in or before 1901
Find circumstances: unknown
Finder: unknown
Current location: Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (Mainz)
Inventory no.: O.12327

Inscription: TI·4 (polibi spuris)

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 5

Sources: Morandi 2004: 522 no. 5



Images in Ulrich 1914 II: Taf. LXXIV.19 (photo), Crivelli 1973b: tav. 11.19 (drawing), Crivelli 1977: tav. 1 (drawing [erroneous ascription to grave 250] = Morandi 1999: 165, fig. 5).

The terra sigillata plate is one of the objects claimed by Domenico Pini to have been excavated by him in June/July 1901 at the Giubiasco necropolis, but may have been bought, or found at nearby Pianezzo (Tori et al. 2004: 27 f., 64 f., 69). The forged grave complex is described in Tori et al. 2004: 244. See also Ulrich 1914 I: 613.

The plate can be classified as type Dragendorff 31, datable to the second quarter of the 1st to second half of the 2nd c. AD (see Pernet et al. 2006: 203). It bears a heavily damaged stamp at the bottom of the bowl; though only initial ⟨Q⟩ and the remains of a filler of horizontal lines at the end can be made out, the stamp can be identified as that of the Padan potter Q. S() P() (OCK 1765), who was active in the second half of the 1st century AD, and three or probably four other vessels of whose manufacture were found at Giubiasco (see Pernet et al. 2006: 205–207).

Corinna Salomon


Crivelli 1973b Aldo Crivelli, "Cronologia protostorica della Valpadana dal IV al I sec. a.C.", Rivista Archeologica dell'Antica Provincia e Diocesi di Como 152–155 (1970–1973), 427–474.
Crivelli 1977 Aldo Crivelli, "La necropoli di Giubiasco", Rivista Archeologica dell'Antica Provincia e Diocesi di Como 159 (1977), 5–98.