A Byzantine earthenware hand grenade. It features a round knob rim with a small opening, a short neck, a hollow bulbous body and a pointed base. The mouth allowed the item to be filled with incendiary liquids to be used in battle and would have also accommodated a fuse to instigate the explosion. As typical for Byzantine grenades, this piece displays incised concentric bands used to help with grip.
Stand is for reference only.
Date: Circa 9th-11th century AD