RARE ANCIENT BYZANTINE HAND GRENAD CERAMIC WAR 'GREEK FIRE' 10th C. AD.

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Seller: dic.caesar (4,399) 100%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 372668663565 Ancient Byzantine Ceramic 'GREEK FIRE' 10th Century AD. The 9.8 cm wide 13 cm high ceramic Hand Grenad (e) is hollow with a small hole at the top which would have been filled with a petroleum mixture and charged with naphtha - 'Greek Fire'Decoration with 6 circles and other punch marks between.Intact Hollow moulded in grey terracotta often with lumpy projections and designs on the outside, these rare early grenads were an invention of the Byzantines, first appearing after the reign of Leo III (717-741 A.D.) They were filled with a mixture of petroleum and designed to be charged with incendiary material, probably a mixture containing naptha, the basis of the famous ‘Greek Fire’ of the Byzantines, with a wick which was lit before it was propelled at the enemy. These were often used in ship battles and helped gain many a victory. The term grenad was fashioned by the French since it resembled a pomegranate. Dated to 10th century.AD Sold genuine as described and comes complete with a certificate of authenticity Colour: Grey, Culture: Byzantine

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