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Mayan Polychrome Bowl in the Shape of a Frog - PF.5642
Origin: El Salvador
Circa: 300 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 4" (10.2cm) high x 4.25" (10.8cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Additional Information: Hong-Kong
Location: UAE
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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, flat mouth, and a typical sloping brow. The body and the bowl are decorated with a series of two concentric black rings, imitating the texture of the frog’s skin. 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 tiny bump of a tail sticks out, marked by a thick black ring. A row of glyphs is painted on the upper rim of the vessel. No doubt these describe the significance of the vessel and 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.5642)


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