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Reading in transliteration: aui : pala :
Reading in original script: separator3 sA13 sL sA13 sP sseparator3 sI sU10 sA13 s
Variant reading: ?aui pala (Morandi), aui : pala : (Motta), aại : pala (Solinas, Giussani), ai : pala (Lejeune)

Object: TI·34 Capriasca (stela)
(Inscriptions: TI·34.1, TI·34.2, TI·34.3)
Position: front
Orientation: 270°
Frame: roundtop and bottomtop and bottom?  (left: round, middle: top and bottom, right: unknown)
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic Script"North Italic Script" is not in the list (Greek script, Etruscan script, Latin script, North Italic script, Camunic script, none, unknown) of allowed values for the "script" property.
Number of letters: 7–8
Number of words: 2
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: carved
Condition: damaged, fragmentary

Archaeological culture: Golasecca III A
Date of inscription: 5th / 4th century BC

Type: funerary
Language: Lepontic
Syntactic analysis: NPOBindir NPSUB
Meaning: "Grave(stone) for Auos"

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 268 a
Solinas 1995: 27 Aa
Motta 2000: 5 A1
Morandi 2004: 32 Aa

Sources: Morandi 2004: 538 & 536 (fig. 9.32A)
Motta 2000: 200
Solinas 1994: 331
Lejeune 1971: 81



The inscription is located inside of a schematic human figurine, the left side is certainly complete (cf. Tibiletti Bruno 1997: 1005-1006). After the punctuation marks, where the head of the figurine starts, the inscription ends. Since this inscription is younger than the other one on the same side of the gravestone and therefore can not be a part of it, the punctuation marks after pala are probably to be understood as a mark of the end of the sentence. (Motta 2000: 200)


Crivelli 1943 Aldo Crivelli, Atlante preistorico e storico della Svizzera Italiana. Vol. 1: Dalle origini alla civiltà romana, Bellinzona: Istituto Editoriale Ticinese 1943.
De Marinis & Motta 1991 Raffaele C. De Marinis, Filippo Motta, "Una nuova iscrizione lepontica su pietra da Mezzovico (Lugano)", Sibrium 21 (1990–1991), 201–225.