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Reading in transliteration: ]nialui : pala
Reading in original script: A14 sL sA14 sP sseparator2 sI sU sL sA14 sI sN s[

Object: TI·33 Bedigliora (stela)
Position: front
Orientation: 270°
Frame: waisted headtop and bottomtop and bottom?  (left: waisted head, middle: top and bottom, right: unknown)
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 10–12.5 cm3.937 in <br />4.921 in <br />
Number of letters: 10
Number of words: 2
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: carved
Condition: fragmentary

Archaeological culture: La Tène B, La Tène C [from object]
Date of inscription: 4th–mid-2nd c. BC [from object]

Type: funerary
Language: Celtic
Meaning: 'pala for ... the son of °nios'

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 273
Solinas 1995: 2
Motta 2000: 7
Morandi 2004: 31

Sources: Morandi 2004: 537 no. 31



First published in Giussani 1914: 56–60. Examined for LexLep on 16th October 2023.

Images in Giussani 1914: 57, fig. 3 (photo) and 59, fig. 4 (drawing = Lattes 1914: 920), Rhŷs 1914: 315, pl. II (photo), Tibiletti Bruno 1990b: 81 (drawing), Motta 2000: 202, fig. 5 (photo).

Inscribed in a single line within a frame running from bottom to top (length of inscription remains 61 cm, length of frame remains 68 cm, width of frame 11–13 cm). Though the stela is broken on both sides, only the first part of the inscription is missing; the neck of the anthropomorphic frame can be seen after/above pala, which is thus the last word. The upper parts of final lambda and alpha are broken off, but the letters are unambiguous, as is nu after the break on the lower end. The remains of the inscription contain the end of a patronym from a personal name in °nios and the formula word pala; cf. TI·29 )aniui and see the word pages for details.

According to Piana Agostinetti 2004: 168, the inscription is offset toward the right, and a worked area to its left (width ca. 9.5 cm) indicates that a second inscription was planned to be applied on the stela.

Dating according to De Marinis & Motta 1991: 206 – the authors tentatively classify the stela as their type B, but type C seems more appropriate with regard to the clear definition of a neck (cf. esp. TI·36.1/TI·36.2).

See also Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 138, Tibiletti Bruno 1990b: 90.


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.
Giussani 1914 Antonio Giussani, "Le Iscrizioni Nord-Etrusche di Vergiate e di Banco", Rivista Archeologica della Provincia di Como 67-69 (1914), 47-60.