ANTIQUE/VINTAGE SOUTHERN AFRICAN BEADED PIPE EARLY 20TH C.
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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). On further study of the gourd it does have the remnants of possibly having had a handle at some time attached to the shoulder and top and expert opinion has suggested that it may have been made as a powder flask being an adaptation of the grenade design. Nonetheless this rare piece came with provenance and is from the collection of PHDS Wikramaratna and was acquired from Christies in London. One of two similar ‘grenades’ we are offering from the same collection!
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