10th-12th century, Crusades period. Over 5" height, polished dark gray terracotta. The body of turnip form decorated with hatched and angled “O” bands. The top of the beehive form with a central wick hole. Known as "Greek fire" these were filled with flammable pitch and thrown or catapulted. Upon impact, they would burst to spew 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.
Stock Number: A3650

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