TI·27 Mezzovico-Vira

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Object
Proper name: Stela of Mezzovico
Classification: stela
Archaeological Type: De Marinis B

Material: stone
Material Composition: granite gneiss
Size:
Extension (h×w×d): 275 cm108.268 in × 28 cm11.024 in × 42 cm16.535 in
Condition: unknown

Archaeological Culture: Golasecca III A
Date: 5th / beginning of 4th century BC
Date derived from:

Site: Mezzovico-Vira (Ticino, Switzerland)
Field Name: guesthouse "La Palazzina"
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 5' 12.2068", 8° 55' 10.9265"
Find Date: March 1984
Find Circumstances: construction work
Finder: Luigi Coldesina (reputed finder)
Current Location: Museo Civico e Archeologico (Locarno)

Inscriptions:

Alternative Sigla: Solinas 1994: 20
Motta 2000: 3
Morandi 2004: 26, 26 bis, 280

Sources: Morandi 2004: 533-534 & 707-708 & 784 (pl. VII.24)
Motta 2000: 198-199
Solinas 1995: 327-328

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Commentary

Normally positioned at the wall of the guesthouse "Le Palazzina" in Mezzovico but now (2004) taken to Locarno for restauration work.
Dating: Tibiletti Bruno 1997: 1003-1005 dates this Stela due to the iconography to a late phase (degenerated representation of a human silouhette).

  • Tibiletti Bruno 1997: 1003-1005, 1007, 1011-1015, 1018-1020 (detailed description, discussion and comparison with other Lepontic inscriptions)

Bibliography

Morandi 2004 Alessandro Morandi, Celti d'Italia. Tomo II: Epigrafia e lingua dei Celti d'Italia. A cura di Paola Piana Agostinetti [= Popoli e civiltà dell'Italia antica 12.2], Roma: Spazio Tre 2004.
Motta 2000 Filippo Motta, "La documentazione epigrafica e linguistica", in: Raffaele Carlo De Marinis, Simonetta Biaggio Simona (Eds.), I Leponti tra mito e realtà, Locarno: Gruppo Archeologia Ticino 2000, 181–222.
Solinas 1994 Patrizia Solinas, "Il Celtico in Italia", Studi Etruschi 60 (1994 [1995]), 311-408.
Tibiletti Bruno 1997 Maria Grazia Tibiletti Bruno, "A proposito di una nuova iscrizione in grafia "leponzia" (et repetita iuvant)", in: Riccardo Ambrosini, Maria Patrizia Bologna, Filippo Motta, Chatia Orlandi (Eds.), Scríbthair a ainm n-ogaim. Scritti in Memoria di Enrico Campanile, Pisa: Pacini Editore 1997. (2 volumes), 1003-1022.