VB·27 Stresa

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Classification: stela

Material: stone
Size: height 220 cm, width 60 cm, thickness 9 cm
Condition: complete
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: Museo di Antichità (Torino)
Inventory no.: St 496

Inscription: VB·27 (atekua/aśounị)

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 302
Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 17
Solinas 1995: 126
Morandi 2004: 70

Sources: Morandi 2004: 567 no. 70



Mica schist stela with rounded top; see Levo for the find circumstances and context. According to Ferrero 1897: 57, the tomb associated with the stela contained an iron knife, an iron ring, and the remains of a glass bead necklace. Bought by Fabretti for the museum in Torino (De-Vit in Ferrero 1889: 262). The shape of the stone is similar to that of the two Roman stelae from Brisino (VB·24 Stresa, VB·25 Stresa). 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. As pointed out by Mainardis 2009: 337 f., 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 late 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.
Ferrero 1897 Ermanno Ferrero, "Iscrizioni di Chignolo Verbano", Atti della Società di Archeologia e Belle Arti per la provincia di Torino 7 (1897), 56–60.