10th century. 5 1/2" height. Turnip form black terracotta body decorated with bands of stamped decoration. Mushroom terminal top for a wick. A few small imperfections as made before firing. Known as "Greek Fire", these were filled with flammable pitch and thrown or catapulted. Upon impact they would burst, spewing their burning contents which would start fires as well as burn any enemy in their path. In the absence of antibiotics, such burns usually led to a slow death from infection. Ex: Fulbeck Hall, Grantham, Nottinghamshire, England.

Stock Number: FNS633

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