Byzantine Hand Grenade with Vertical Grooves


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Object Description

A Byzantine earthenware hand grenade shaped like an acorn. The vessel features a round knob neck with a small opening, a hollow bulbous body decorated with vertical grooves at the top 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 is typical for Byzantine grenades, this piece displays a deep incised band used to help with grip.

Stand is for reference only.

Date: Circa 9th-11th century AD

Object History

From a collection of a North London gentleman, latterly with a London gallery.

Object Condition

Good condition, earthy encrustations remain on the surface. Chip to the rim and scratches to the body due to age.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:9.6 x H:12.7 centimeters

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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