With irrepressible charm this frog looks at us
with his big black eyes, as curious about us as
we are about him. Frog motifs are common in
Costa Rican gold jewelry and less so in ceramics.
Costa Rica abounds in a vast variety of
beautifully colored tree and ground frogs greatly
admired by the ancient people as they are today.
This particular species has large black spots
covering his entire body and bright red lips,
more a result of the artist's whimsy than
zoological accuracy. In fact, the feet are more
like those of a jaguar, which contribute to this
frog's unique character. There is such life and joy
in this vessel that it transcends time and is as
attractive today as it was when made hundreds
of years ago in the fertile lands of the