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Frog Pendant

11th–16th century
Costa Rica
H. 4 1/8 x W. 4 in. (10.5 x 10.2cm)
Credit Line:
Jan Mitchell and Sons Collection, Gift of Jan Mitchell, 1991
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
Frogs are frequently depicted in the goldwork of Costa Rica and Panama. In this tropical region numerous species abound, from tiny terrestrial varieties to giant tree frogs, some with poisonous skins and some vibrantly colored. A tree frog may be depicted here, with its long thin legs projecting from its body. Bifurcated tongues, a pervasive serpent symbol, emerge from either side of the mouth and are stylized as split scrolls. Chiriquí-style objects come from both sides of the Costa Rica–Panama border. This example is said to have come from Puerto González Víquez, located in the far south of Costa Rica.
Collected Puerto Gonzalez Viquez, Costa Rica, 1950s; [Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, 1960s]; Jan Mitchell, New York, acquired by 1969, until 1991

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Precolumbian Art In Mew York: Selections From Private Collections. New York: Museum of Primitive Art, September 12–November 9, 1969, no. 136.

Jones, Julie. The Art of Precolumbian Gold: The Jan Mitchell Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985, no. 1, pp. 86-87.

Jones, Julie, and Heidi King. "Gold of the Americas." The Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art vol. 59, no. 4 (Spring 2002), p. 46.

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