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Reading in transliteration: ]ọni : klanalui : p̣ala
Reading in original script: A14 sL sA14 sP sseparator3 sI sU sL sA14 sN2 sA14 sL sK4 sseparator3 sI sN2 sO s[

Object: TI·44 Bioggio (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: 4.5–9 cm1.772 in <br />3.543 in <br />
Number of letters: 15
Number of words: 3
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: carved
Condition: incomplete

Archaeological culture: Golasecca III A, La Tène B, La Tène C
Date of inscription: 5th–mid-2rd c. BC

Type: funerary
Language: Celtic
Meaning: 'pala for °u son of Klanos'

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 301

Sources: Morandi 2004: 718 no. 301



First published in Solinas 2002: 488 f., no. 3. Examined for LexLep on 16th October 2023.

Images in Solinas 2002: 488 (drawing), Morandi 2004: 720, fig. 39.301 (drawing) and 811, tav. XXXIV.301 (photo).

The fragment preserves the latter part of an inscription (length of the remains 81 cm) written running upward between frame lines (width 9.5 cm) which end in an only partly preserved stylised head; the bottom end of the frame is not preserved. The surface is very damaged; the letters are only visible under raking light. The bars of nu appear to be executed as a curve, cf. TI·29, TI·30, TI·32, TI·36.1, TI·37, TI·39.

The inscription contains the standard text formula of Ticino gravestones with the name of the deceased in the dative (lost on-stem individual name in -oni plus patronym in -al-ūi̯) and pala; see the word pages for details.

Dating based on the shape of the anthropomorphic frame according to the typology of De Marinis & Motta 1991: 206 (type C).

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.