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Reading in transliteration: kiketu / ṛẹṭalos
Reading in original script: K dI dK dE dT dU3 d
R dE dT dA dL dO2 dS s

Object: VB·23 Stresa (stela)
Position: front
Frame: straightFrame middle top.pngFrame middle top.pngstraight  (left: straight, middle: top, right: straight)
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 7 cm2.756 in <br />
Number of letters: 13
Number of words: 2
Number of lines: 2
Workmanship: carved
Condition: damaged

Archaeological culture: La Tène D 2 [from object]
Date of inscription: 1st c. BC [from object]

Type: funerary
Language: Celtic
Meaning: 'Kiketu son of Retos' (?)

Alternative sigla: Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 15
Solinas 1995: 121
Morandi 2004: 66

Sources: Morandi 2004: 564 no. 66



First published in De Giuli 1979: 247.

Images in De Giuli 1979: 247 (photo fig. 2 and drawing), Tibiletti Bruno 1979: 259, fig. 3 (drawing).

On the difficult reading Tibiletti Bruno 1979: 257–260 (257), who interprets retalos as a patronym in -al-, pointing to the late appearance of the suffix in NO·18 (Miasino) (thus also Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 167 f., no. 15, Solinas 1995: 372, no. 121, Morandi 2004: 564, no. 66). Differently Markey & Mees 2003: 139, who appear to regard kiketu as a patronym in -ū (see The Cisalpine Celtic Languages).

See also Tibiletti Bruno 1978c: 24 f.


Caramella & De Giuli 1993 Pierangelo Caramella, Alberto De Giuli, Archeologia dell'Alto Novarese, Mergozzo: Antiquarium Mergozzo 1993.
De Giuli 1979 Alberto De Giuli, "Le stele funerarie di Brisino", Sibrium 14 (1978–1979), 245–252.