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Reading in transliteration: remu
Reading in original script: R dE2 dM5 dU2 d
Variant reading: reśu
R dE2 dŚ2 dU2 d

Object: TI·9 Giubiasco (bowl)
Position: foot, outside
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 1.5–2 cm0.591 in <br />0.787 in <br />
Number of letters: 4
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: La Tène D, La Tène C 2, Augustan [from object]
Date of inscription: 2nd c. BC–early 1st c. AD [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: Celtic
Meaning: 'Remu' (?)

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 258
Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 2
Solinas 1995: 6
Motta 2000: 22
Morandi 2004: 10

Sources: Morandi 2004: 524 no. 10



First published in Herbig 1906: 189, no. 2. Examined for LexLep on 16th October 2023.

Images in Herbig 1906: 189, no. 2 (drawing), Rhŷs 1913: tav. IV (photo), Crivelli 1973b: tav. 8.9 (drawing), Solinas 1995: tav. LXIb (photo), Motta 2000: 212, fig. 19 (photo), Morandi 2004: tav. V.10 (photo), Pernet et al. 2006: 233, fig. 6.39 = pl. sub 93.11 (drawing).

Inscribed on the foot of the mortarium (length 3.5 cm). The letters are well legible and unambiguous. Herbig reads remu, as do Rhŷs 1913: 29 f., no. 9; Whatmough 1933: 76 f., no. 258; Crivelli 1943: 53; Pisani 1953 = 1964: no. 120 F; Lejeune 1971: 64. reśu is suggested by Tibiletti Bruno 1968b: § 1 (n.v., also Tibiletti Bruno 1976: 102, Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 143 f.; Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 157 f., no. 2), followed by Solinas 1995: 323, no. 6; Motta 2000: 212, no. 22; Morandi 2004; Pernet et al. 2006: 229, tab. 6.2. M5 s, which occurs three times in inscriptions (potentially) from Giubiasco (TI·5 arimai, TI·7 amu?), is more likely to be Latin mu than a form of san which is otherwise unattested in the Lepontic alphabet (see Ś for a detailed discussion). In either case, the form is a Celtic hypocoristic personal name in the nominative; see the word pages for details.

Corinna Salomon


Crivelli 1943 Aldo Crivelli, Atlante preistorico e storico della Svizzera Italiana. Vol. 1: Dalle origini alla civiltà romana, Bellinzona: Istituto Editoriale Ticinese 1943.
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.