TI·26 Vira Gambarogno

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Classification: stela

Material: stone
Size: lenght 105 cm, width 43 cm, thickness 5 cm
Condition: incomplete
Autopsy by: Corinna Salomon
Date of autopsy: Oct 16 2023

Archaeological culture: La Tène B, La Tène C
Date: 4th–mid-2nd c. BC
Date derived from: typology

Site: Vira Gambarogno (Ticino, Switzerland)
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 8' 26.70" N, 8° 50' 25.11" E
Find date: 1917
Find circumstances: construction work
Current location: Museo Castello di Montebello (Bellinzona)
Inventory no.: 252.1945.532

Inscription: TI·26 (teromui:kualui)

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 267
Solinas 1995: 29
Motta 2000: 4
Morandi 2004: 25

Sources: Morandi 2004: 533 no. 25



Images in Giussani 1919: 16, fig. 1 (photo), Motta 2000: 199, fig. 3 (photo = Stifter 2020: ?).

Irregular stela of beola gneiss, incomplete on top, found during the building of the road to Indemini in mid-March 1917, when a moraine was cleared near the locality Campaccio, at a depth of ca. 1.5 m (Giussani 1919: 15 f.). The stela is the only inscribed stone document from the Sopraceneri, but belongs typologically with the ones from the Sottoceneri (Lugano area) (Piana Agostinetti 2004: 145 f.); assuming that the stela did not significantly extend beyond the top of the inscription frame, it is a comparatively short specimen of the pala-stelae. See the inscription page on the typological/palaeographical dating.

Corinna Salomon


Giussani 1919 Antonio Giussani, "L'iscrizione nord-etrusca di Vira-Gambarogno", Rivista archeologica della provincia e antica diocesi di Como 76–78 (1917–1918 [1919]), 15–21.