A Note on “Grenades” as Fire-starter Flasks


  • David Whitcomb University of Chicago




grenades, spero-conical vessels, aeliopiles, istabl 'Antar, Cairo, Quseir al-qadim, Khirbat al-Mafjar


The paper provides a short note on the function of sphero-conical vessels as either fire-blowers (aeolipiles) or as fire-starter flasks. The evolution of the form is briefly recounted from examples in Egyptian excavations, with additional examples from Quseir al-Qadim and Khirbet al-Mafjar. These latter examples strongly indicate domestic use and suggest a primary function in enhancement of fire.


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How to Cite

Whitcomb, D. (2017). A Note on “Grenades” as Fire-starter Flasks. Journal of Islamic Archaeology, 3(2), 179–186. https://doi.org/10.1558/jia.v3i2.32825