Diquis Gold Pendant Featuring Two Frogs on the Backs of Two Larger Frogs - FJ.6275, Origin: Costa , Rican/Panamanian Border Area, Circa: 500 AD to 1550 AD, Dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) high x 5" (12.7cm) wide, Collection: Pre-Columbian, Style: Diquis, Medium: Gold. Amphibian animals were favorite subjects of Diquis goldsmiths. The frog is one of the most frequently depicted, but its deep symbolic meaning is lost in the mists of the past. However, it is possible to speculate on certain aspects by combining facts of nature with known mythilogical symbols. This extraordinary pendant actually depicts four frogs. The larger two are highly abstract and comprise the base, with their bulbous bodies and wonderful trapezoidal feet. Springing from their mouths are two elaborate snakes with dual heads jointed at the center and extending on the ends. Snakes were regarded as potent symbols of sexuality and fertility. The second pair of frogs are much smaller and more easily recognizable. Their realistic heads serve as the heads of the larger frogs. These twin frogs on top may be the male of the species copulating with the much larger female. As in other pendants, the marvelously clever Diquis artists gave deference to artistry as opposed to strict realism, especially seen in the flamboyant curved feet of the small frogs. This pendant was meant to be worn, and proclaimed its arrival by the rattling of solid gold nuggets in the bell shaped bodies. When fine artistry and brilliant gold come together, they are enough to announce the presence of something spectacular.....trudy..
Ancient Central America & Mexico