Byzantine Pottery 'Greek Fire` Hand Grenade - 17×7.7×7.7 cm

Byzantine Pottery 'Greek Fire` Hand Grenade - 17×7.7×7.7 cm
12th-14th Century AD.

A grey ceramic piriform vessel with a rim enclosing a narrow circular mouth. The upper half of the body is decorated with numerous incised bands of vertical columns of chevron patterns and bands of circular ridges.
Very Fine condition; a small section at the base sheared off, otherwise intact; with light earthy encrustations.
Weight 632 grams.

NB. Sorry but not supplied with stand.

With a copy of an academic paper by military specialist Dr Raffaele D'Amato concerning such items.

Contemporary accounts indicate that like an early form of Molotov cocktail, such vessels were filled with flammable material such as naphtha; a wick was inserted into the aperture and lit, and the whole vessel hurled at the enemy. They were mainly used in naval engagements and would have been devastating against wooden ships.

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Lot details
'Greek Fire` Hand Grenade
17×7.7×7.7 cm
Century/ Timeframe
12th-14th Century AD.
Damage, See Photo
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