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Reading in transliteration: ]osik[ / ]?uka[
Reading in original script: ]K sI sS sO8 s[
]A15 sK4 sU6 s?[

Object: TI·35 Ponte Capriasca (stela)
Position: front
Orientation: 270°
Frame: ?allall?  (left: unknown, middle: all, right: unknown)
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Number of letters: 7
Number of words: 2
Number of lines: 2
Workmanship: carved
Condition: fragmentary

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

Type: unknown
Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: Solinas 1995: 20 bis
Motta 2000: 9
Morandi 2004: 33

Sources: Morandi 2004: 539 no. 33



First published in Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 139 f.

Image in Motta 2000: 204, fig. 8 (photo).

The fragment preserves parts of two lines, each written inside frame lines. According to Piana Agostinetti 2004: 156, the inscriptions ran from the bottom toward the top (cf. TI·36.1/TI·36.2); differently Morandi 2004, who assumes that they were horizontal (why?). Reading of the letters according to Tibiletti Bruno, who considers both lines to be complete on top – is the trace after kappa in line 1 the neck of the anthropomorphic frame? In that case, the stela could be classified as type C according to the typology of De Marinis & Motta 1991: 206 – thus Motta 2000: 204, although he, like Morandi 2004, considers both lines to be incomplete also on top (]osik[ / ]iuka[). Morandi observes that an additional vertical line disturbs alpha in line 2 (]osik?[ / ]?iukạị[), possibly iota to form a feminine dative ending.

Corinna Salomon


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.