Images are of the actual item and are an accurate representation of condition.
Need Assistance? Speak to one of our customer care team on +44 (0)1279 461 696

BYZANTINE CERAMIC HAND GRENADE
Circa 10th Century AD

  • SOLD
Enquire
Start Live Chat
Sell or Exchange
  • Xupes Reference MI1111002
  • Age Circa 10th Century AD
  • Condition The grenade is offered in excellent original condition without restoration and with only some chips around the top and wear and chips to the body as might be expected with a piece of this age. A very fine and rare example for the discerning collector!   View More Details

    Conditions

    Unworn

    Item is in unworn or unused condition and there are no visible imperfections.

    Exceptional

    The item is in exceptional pre-owned condition and shows almost no signs of wear with very few imperfections.

    Excellent

    The item is in excellent pre-owned condition and shows minimal signs of wear with minor imperfections detailed in the condition report.

    Very Good

    The item is in very good condition and shows one or two noticeable signs of wear or patina relative to its age.

    Good

    The item is in good pre-owned condition and shows some general signs of wear or patina relative to its age.

    Fair

    The item is in fair pre-owned condition and shows overall wear or patina relative to its age.

View Product Details

Product Details

  • We are delighted to offer this very rare Byzantine Ceramic gourd or tear drop (as they are sometimes referred to) ceramic hand grenade dating from the around the 10th century AD. The hollow grenade is moulded and incised with various designs around the body with a matt pale green finish. Records suggest that these grenades were made to be filled with a petroleum mixture and charged with incendiary material containing naphtha (Greek Fire). The hand grenade come with provenance and is from the collection of PHDS Wikramaratna and retains its original Christies auction labels. One of two grenades we are offering from the same collection!

Trust in Xupes

At Xupes we handpick our items from all over the world using our expert knowledge. As a team we study the markets to make sure we provide the most interesting and sought-after items at competitive prices. Here at Xupes, you can be assured when purchasing from us that every piece is carefully selected for our collection and is checked by our in-house specialists to ensure authenticity. We are also proud members of The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA), meaning you can shop at Xupes with complete confidence. Our commitment to excellent customer service and our in-house expertise ensure you an unforgettable experience when shopping with us. This experience continues after you receive your item, with our team of art and design experts on hand to provide advice on caring for your purchase.

9.9/10

See our excellent customer reviews on trustpilot.

Read More

Antiques

Contemporary British Ceramicists

Explore the work of three influential British Ceramicists, Lucie Rie, Mary Rich and Colin Pearson.

Read More

Enquire

Please complete your details below and one of our consultants will be in touch shortly. If you require urgent assistance, please call us on +44 (0)1279 461 696.

Thank you for your enquiry, a consultant will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Your enquiry reference has been emailed to you. In any future correspondence about this enquiry, please quote this number.

If you require urgent assistance, please call us on +44 (0)1279 461 696.

Continue Shopping

Preferred method of contact

Subscribe to Xupes Newsletter

Terms & Conditions

D2 Interactive