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Lot 1669: Byzantine Decorated 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade

Antiquities: Day 3

by TimeLine Auctions

December 8, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: 9th-11th century AD. A hollow ceramic vessel with a thick conical nozzle, piriform body with stepped rim and vertical ribs, conical base. Cf. Arendt, W. Irene Granaten des 13-14. Jahrhunderts, die an der Wolga gefunden sind, Zeitschrift fur Historische Waffen-und Kostumkunde, 11 (1926-8), p. 42; Arendt, W. Die Spharisch-konischen Gefasse aus Gebranntem Ton, ibid.; Ayalon, D. Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk Kingdom, London, 1956, p.16. 488 grams, 18.5cm (7 1/4"). Private collection, North London; acquired in the early 1990s.

Condition Report: Fine condition.

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