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Diquis Gold Pendant of a Frog - FJ.6248
Origin: Costa Rican/Panamanian Border Area
Circa: 500 AD to 1550 AD

Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold

Additional Information: sold iv
Location: UAE
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The goldsmiths of the Diquis border region delighted in creating frog jewelry. But few are as delightful as this very charming frog pendant. The detail on this little fellow is quite marvellous and was probably modeled on life. The rain forests of Costa Rica abound in a great variety of frog species, some of them colored in brilliant yellow-gold, and may only reach an inch in length. His great eyes protrude watchful and ever alert for insects, or just scanning his territory. There is even a suggestion of a tongue, a mere slip of gold, but very effective, as if he has just finished a meal and is licking his lips. The checkerboard pattern down his back adds texture and even a sense of color. The broad trapezoidal feet are typical of Diquis goldsmiths' stylization, and are similar to those of tree frogs. With his hind legs tucked tightly against his body he is ready to spring from his perch. Yet, he may rise to greater heights as a vigilant watcher of the world from his vantage point pinned to someone who wears him proudly. - (FJ.6248)


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