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    A Large Diquis Gold Frog Pendant
    c. 700-1400 AD

    Exquisite cast tumbaga pendant in form of a frog, with flat back legs and crocodile heads at joints, the body with a stripe down the middle with openwork spirals, large protruding clapper eyes with tiny loose pellets creating small bells or rattles. Two saurian heads with long arching necks emanating from mouth, each crested with double spirals. Front legs form loops for suspension. In excellent condition.

    Provenance:
    Enrique Vargas Alfaro, 1960s. Mr. Alfaro was the source of high quality Pre-Columbian art sold to prestigious collections such as Andre Emmerich, Morton D. May, Frederick and Jan Mayer, and William C. and Carol W. Thibadeau. Artworks listing him as provenance appear in the collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, The Denver Art Museum, and the William C. Carlos Museum.
    Private collection, Atlanta, GA.

    Height: 2 ½ inches


    Condition Report*: In overall excellent condition. Surface with usual wear.  Loop intact.  No apparent restoration. Weight: 44 grams.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2019
    25th Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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