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Frog

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor

In antiquity, as today, the croaking of frogs was often the first sound heard each morning in Egypt. The Egyptians thus associated the amphibian with the sun's daily rebirth and believed that images of frogs had amuletic powers. This sculpture was probably placed next to a woman to protect her during childbirth. The combination of deep blue and turquoise typifies objects from the time of Amunhotep III.

MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 2 1/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 7/8 in. (5.3 x 5 x 4.7 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 58.28.8
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Frog, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Faience, 2 1/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 7/8 in. (5.3 x 5 x 4.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.28.8. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.58.28.8_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/5/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Blue faience statuette of a seated frog on roughly square base. Front legs in the round. Eyes in high relief covered with Manganese. Three stripes of turquoise blue glaze run down the back. Square opening on underside of base. Condition: Intact. Firing cracks around neck.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (84%)
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