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Reading in transliteration: plai / p
Reading in original script: P s / I sA7 sL sP s

Object: TI·14 Giubiasco (bottle)
Position: shoulder, outside
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 2.1–2.4 cm0.827 in <br />0.945 in <br />
Number of letters: 5
Number of words: 2
Number of lines: 2
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: damaged

Archaeological culture: La Tène C [from object]
Date of inscription: second half of 3rd–first half of 2nd c. BC [from object]

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

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 15

Sources: Morandi 2004: 527 f. no. 15



First published in De Marinis & Motta 1991: 216. Examined for LexLep on 18th August 2021.

Images in Crivelli 1973b: tav. 8.20 (drawing), Crivelli 1977: tav. 1 (drawing = Morandi 1999: 165, fig. 4), Morandi 1999: pl. XVII.2 (photo).

Inscribed on the shoulder of the fiasca a trottola. plai (length ca. 2.5 cm), though faint, is well legible. As indicated in Crivelli's drawing, the surface is damaged after iota, but no traces of letters can be seen in the intermediate space of min. 0.5 cm; the first sequence is probably complete. At a distance of about 5 cm and somewhat farther from the neck, a second and slightly larger letter P s is inscribed; its relation to the main inscription is unclear (cf. Morandi 1999: 164 f., no. 8, 187). Morandi interprets the text (or part of it) as an abbreviated personal name.

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.
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.