Mora Collection ➔ MRA-ITA-Rom231

Collection Item

Sample ID:

Sample Type:
(Sub-Type: fragment)

3.7 cm L x 4 cm W x 1.5 cm H

13.4 g

Geographic Location:
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Catacombe di Domitilla

Historical note about the site/monument:
The catacombs are located near Via Appia Antica and are the site of early Christian burials dating from approximately the 1st to 5th centuries CE. Dug into tufa at a depth of around 16 meters, the catacombs hold over 26,000 tombs, some of which still contain human remains. The catacombs were named for Domitilla, who donated the land as a gesture of sympathy to Christians. The catacombs were rediscovered in the late 16th century by Antonio Bosio, sometimes called the “Columbus of the Catacombs.” Recent restoration efforts have uncovered frescoes bearing early Christian iconography, Biblical scenes, and pagan imagery (including a depiction of Orpheus and personifications of the seasons). 

Further reading:
Bisconti, F. (2018). The Art of the Catacombs. In The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology, William R. Caraher, Thomas W. Davis, and David K Pettegrew (Eds.) DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199369041.013.12.

Wikipedia contributors (2020, December 5). Catacombs of Domitilla. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 14, 2021, from

Chronological period (sample):
1st-5th century

Photos/Documents (provenance):
Mural painting of Christ as the Good Shepherd (photo by, public domain)

Corridor in the Catacombs of Domitilla (photo by Dnalor 01, Wikipedia Commons/ CC-BY-SA 3.0)