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Oddly-shaped medieval vessels found all over the Islamic world have puzzled archaeologists for decades.

'When taking into account all finds in the Islamic world of this enigmatic vessel, it would perhaps be wise not to restrict this container to merely one function.'

Many suggestions have been made about the function of these vessels, some say they might have functioned as fire-blowers, others suggest flammable hand grenades or hand-thrown bombs, some even suggest they play a role in the fermentation and consumption of ‘fuqqā,’ a popular drink in the medieval Islamic world.  

So, what were they used for? Joanita Vroom investigates the latest insights in a new blogpost. 

You can read the full blogpost on the website of LeidenIslamBlog

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