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Lot 1668: Byzantine Decorated 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 9th-11th century AD. A very large hollow heart-shaped ceramic vessel intended to be filled with explosive liquid and a wick, and used as a hand grenade; the body segmented and decorated with an incised geometric circle design, the upper end with a wide circular rim enclosing the narrow mouth. See W. Arendt 'Irene Granaten des 13-14. Jahrhunderts, die an der Wolga gefunden sind', Zeitschrift fur Historische Waffen-und Kostumkunde, 11 (1926-8), p. 42; W. Arendt 'Die Spharisch-konischen Gefasse aus Gebranntem Ton', ibid., D. Ayalon Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk Kingdom, London, 1956, p.16. 1.2 kg, 14cm (5 1/2"). UK art market, acquired prior to 2000.
Condition Report: Fine condition.