11th-13th century AD. Early Crusades period. 4 3/4” length, turnip form. The top with cylindrical terminal pierced with a filling/wick hole. Fairly crudely made with finger marks and surface blemishes as typical. 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.

Item ID: A3124

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