Nov 7, 2011
Nov 7, 2011

Frog Pendant

Frog Pendant

c. 1000–1550

Cast gold

Overall: 2 x 6.8 x 0.7 cm (13/16 x 2 11/16 x 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Malcolm L. McBride 1963.250


In general, frogs and toads symbolize life-giving water and the green growth it promotes. More surprising is their mythical role as keepers or donors of fire, an association perhaps enhanced by the bright colors that many frogs "flash" when startled, a form of protection. Brightly colored frogs, including those with golden tones, also produce very poisonous toxins, which in part led to a final connection with the underworld and death.


The Lost-Wax Casting Process
See also
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Cast gold

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