11th-13th century AD. Early Crusades period. Buff terra cotta, 4 5/8” length, turnip form, with broad vertical ribs alternating with floral stamps, over a pair of annular rings.  Raised very active and aggressive slavers, filler/wick hole. A little encrustation from burial. Thrown by hand as well as launched from catapults by Saracen defenders against the Crusaders.  While the composition of the incendiary fuel have never been discovered, the devastation caused by these early bombs is well documented in literature and art.
Stock Number: A3131

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