12 November 2004,
Price realised USD 3,346
USD 700 - USD 900
A COSTA RICAN JADE FROG PENDANT
Guanacaste region, ca. A.D. 1-500
Of thin section, the amphibian with legs sharply bent, raised dorsal ridge and triangular head with pierced pupils to the side; in dark green stone.
Height 1 5/8 in. (4 cm.)
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Cf. Balser, pl. 24.
Frogs hold a special place in Mesoamerican zoomorphic iconography due to their metamorphosis from egg to fish-like aquatic vegetarian to nocturnal carnivore as well as their association with fertility.
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