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Mayan Polychrome Bowl in the Shape of a Frog - PF.5646
Origin: El Salvador
Circa: 300 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 3.875" (9.8cm) high x 4.625" (11.7cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

$5,000.00
Location: United States
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Slightly elevated off the ground on four feet, this bulging bowl takes on the form of a frog, a Mayan symbol of fertility. The frog’s protruding head is rendered with precise details: round, bulging eyes, a wide, open mouth, and a horned nose. The frog’s red legs project slightly from the contours of the bowl as they bend and lead to the feet. In the rear, a red bump of a tail sticks out. The body and the bowl are decorated with a series of black rings framed by the legs, imitating the texture of the frog’s skin. A band of thick curving orange crescents marks the join where the cylindrical rim of the vessel and the wide body of the bowl meet. A row of glyphs decorates the rim of the vessel. No doubt these describe the significance of the vessel and, perhaps, the symbolism behind the frog. Found in a tomb, buried along side a fallen ruler or dignitary, this vessel was as important in the afterlife as it was in this world. Perhaps it insured continued fertility in the next life. - (PF.5646)

 

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