TI·2 Giubiasco

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Classification: cup

Material: pottery
Size: height 4.3 cm, max. diam. 11 cm, foot diam. 4.6 cm
Condition: complete, repaired
Autopsy by: Corinna Salomon
Date of autopsy: Aug 18 2021

Archaeological culture: Augustan
Date: last quarter of 1st c. BC
Date derived from: typology

Site: Giubiasco (fraction of: Bellinzona, Ticino, Switzerland)
Field name: Giubiasco necropolis
Archaeological context: "grave" 249
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.12300

Inscription: TI·2 (koma)

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 266
Solinas 1995: 15
Motta 2000: 20
Morandi 2004: 3

Sources: Morandi 2004: 521 no. 3



Images in Crivelli 1973b: tav. 11.20 (drawing), Crivelli 1977: tav. 1 (drawing), Morandi 1999: pl. II.1 (photo = Morandi 2004: 728, tav. V.3).

The unglazed cup 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: 242 f. See also Ulrich 1914 I: 611.

The dating follows De Marinis & Biaggio Simona 2000 II: 462, no. 533. Morandi's dating (1999: 161, no. 3 and 2004) to the first half of the 1st century BC must be disregarded, as it is based on the forged association with a gens Vibia coin (86–81 BC).

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 & Biaggio Simona 2000 Raffaele C. De Marinis, Simonetta Biaggio Simona (eds), I leponti tra mito e realtà. Raccolta di saggi in occasione della mostra Locarno, Castello Visconteo - Casorella, 20 maggio - 3 dicembre 2000, Verbania: Armando Dadò Editore 2000.