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Pre-Columbian Art / Gold Pendant of a Frog with a Double-Headed Snake Emerging From its Mouth - FJ.6168
Origin: Costa Rican/Panamanian Border Area
Circa: 500 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 2" (5.1cm) high
Catalogue: V21
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold

Additional Information: sold iv
Location: United States
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Beyond boundaries of reality lie the realm of an artist's imagination; and beyond this is the world of myth from which ancient artists drew their source of imagery and inspiration. When great artistic skills combine with religious motivation, a phenomenon occurs. And whether the result is a monumental cathedral or a small reliquary, the world of art and spirit are enriched beyond measure. This very lovely frog pendant hovers between two realms of reality, as pure art in the form of jewelry, and as a symbol of a complex mythology. Emerging from the frog's mouth are two snakes, which stretch to the sides as if issuing from an egg. Two large paddle-shaped feet similar to those of the arboreal frog, act as a structural balance. They give the entire object harmony and sense of solidity, forcing one's attention upwards. The frog and snake were both associated with fertility and often combined together. This pendant may have been made for a wealthy man or woman who wished to increase their chances of having children. It's charm is undeniable, its mystery is as resplendent as gold which truly shines beyond this world. - (FJ.6168)


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