Clay Pots
79. From the 1973–1974 excavation of the Jewish catacombs under the Villa Torlonia,* these vessels of varying sizes may have been used as water receptacles for a ritual cleansing of the deceased or as food containers for the departed and those who commemorated the death.

* Umberto M. Fasola, "Le Due Catacombe Ebraiche di Villa Torlonia," Rivista di archeologia cristiana (1976), p. 60. During the period when the Jewish catacombs of Villa Torlonia and Vigna Randanini were under Vatican jurisdiction, they were protected from further damage through the concern of the Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra and its Segretario, Prof. Dr. Umberto M. Fasola.

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