Islamic Byzantine `Greek Fire` Hand Grenade or Fire Bomb. Islamic grenade.. Product #: AS-3197 Regular price: $165.00 $165.00 In Stock
Islamic Byzantine `Greek Fire` Hand Grenade or Fire Bomb.Islamic Byzantine `Greek Fire` Hand Grenade or Fire Bomb.Islamic Byzantine `Greek Fire` Hand Grenade or Fire Bomb.

Islamic Byzantine `Greek Fire` Hand Grenade or Fire Bomb.

Product Code: AS-3197
Height: 16CM

£165.00

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A heavy grey ceramic piriform vessel with faint vertical ribs, stepped towards the rim enclosing a narrow mouth.

A few chips and knocks, with shallow indentations, but essentially complete and intact with light earthy encrustations.

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.
There was at one time considerable controversy over the purpose of these items, however...

A heavy grey ceramic piriform vessel with faint vertical ribs, stepped towards the rim enclosing a narrow mouth.

A few chips and knocks, with shallow indentations, but essentially complete and intact with light earthy encrustations.

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.
There was at one time considerable controversy over the purpose of these items, however an article published by W. Arendt in 1931 established beyond doubt that they are grenades.

Circa 12th-14th century AD.

Literature: 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.

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