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Reading in transliteration: iap??ị
Reading in original script: I s??P sA2 sI s

Object: TI·48 Giubiasco (pot)
(Inscriptions: TI·48.1, TI·48.2)
Position: foot, outside
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 0.4–1.3 cm0.157 in <br />0.512 in <br />
Number of letters: 6
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete, damaged

Archaeological culture: La Tène D 1 [from object]
Date of inscription: early 1st c. BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: perhaps Celtic
Meaning: 'to/for Iap?is/Iap?a' (?)

Alternative sigla: none

Sources: Morandi 2004: 530



First published in De Marinis & Biaggio Simona 2000: 462, no. 534. Examined for LexLep on 19th July 2021.

Images in Crivelli 1973b: tav. 8.13 (drawing), Pernet et al. 2006: pl. sub 94.3 (drawing).

Inscribed in letters of decreasing size on the foot of the beaker. De Marinis & Biaggio Simona read iapiei, cf. Morandi. Pernet et al. 2006: 229 do not give a reading. Initial iap- with tall iota is clear, and the last one cannot be anything but another iota, but the two other letters are too damaged for a reading, the black varnish having chipped off around them. Epsilon or alpha for the second-to-last letter are feasible, as a lower bar may just be made out as a deeper groove. An ending -āi̯ or -ei̯ could indicate a personal name in the dative (see the word page), but the reading is very uncertain, and the relation of the inscription to the other one on the foot is unclear.

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.
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.