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Ointment Jar in the Form of a Frog

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Serpentine
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 4400-2675 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Predynastic Period or early Dynastic Period
    DIMENSIONS 13/16 x 1 1/2 in. (2.1 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.648E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Ointment Jar in the Form of a Frog, ca. 4400-2675 B.C.E. Serpentine, 13/16 x 1 1/2 in. (2.1 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.648E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.648E_NegH_print_bw.jpg)
    IMAGE profile, left, CUR.37.648E_NegH_print_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small serpentine vessel in the form of a frog. It has the features of a predynastic piece: pierced horizontal tubular lugs, raised eye sockets which are missing the inlays, and a low, splayed (undercut) neck with a slender rim. There are four toes on the front legs and six toes on the hind legs. The toes are not webbed. The legs are placed in an unnatural manner. The surface of the piece is smooth and dark gray with traces of green and lightly gray color in the stone. Condition: Very good. Missing inlays of eyes. Several chips on the rim of the vessel.
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