VB·26 Stresa

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Classification: stela

Material: stone
Size: height 122 cm, width 30 cm, thickness 8 cm
Condition: complete, damaged
Autopsy by: Corinna Salomon
Date of autopsy: Apr 24 2024

Archaeological culture: La Tène D 2
Date: 1st c. BC
Date derived from: typology, archaeological context

Site: Stresa (Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piemonte, Italy)
Field name: Levo
Coordinates (approx.): 45° 53' 2.87" N, 8° 30' 27.10" E
Find date: 1887
Find circumstances: construction work
Current location: Musei Reali – Museo di Antichità (Torino)
Inventory no.: St 498

Inscription: VB·26 (tunal/koimila)

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 301
Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 16
Solinas 1995: 125
Morandi 2004: 69

Sources: Morandi 2004: 565–567 no. 69



Rectangular mica schist stela with rounded top, one top corner broken off; see Levo for the find circumstances and context. Bought by Fabretti for the museum in Torino (De-Vit in Ferrero 1889: 262). The shape of the stone is similar to that of a Roman stela from Levo (VB·29 Stresa) and the Zoverallo stela. The gravestones from the Verbano cannot be marshalled into a clear chronological order, as factors like stone shape, frames, writing direction, letter forms and language/text formula appear in almost free combination. Mainardis 2009: 337 f. correctly points out that one stonemason/workshop would be able to produce stelae according to more traditional or modern tastes all dating to roughly the same time. Morandi's dating to the second half of the 2nd c. BC in any case seems too early; we prefer to date the Verbano stones with epichoric inscriptions roughly to the 1st c. BC.

Corinna Salomon


Ferrero 1889 Ermanno Ferrero, "Regione XI. (Transpadana)", Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità (1889), 261–262.