Filagree Pendant in the Form of a Frog or Toad

A work made of cast gold.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cast gold.

Date:

A.D. 500/1000

Artist:

Coclé
Venado Beach, Coclé province, Panama

About this artwork

Throughout the ancient Americas, the animal world was closely linked to social hierarchies and obligations. In this worldview, frogs were seen as callers of water in connection with the onset of the rainy season, suggesting a ruler’s ultimate responsibility to the community to virtually ensure the continuity of the agricultural cycle.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Coclé

Title

Filagree Pendant in the Form of a Frog or Toad

Origin

Venado Beach

Date

500 AD–1000

Medium

Cast gold

Dimensions

L. 18.26 cm (7 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Wirt D. Walker Fund

Reference Number

1969.792

Extended information about this artwork

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