Pre-Columbian, west coast of Mexico, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A small whistle in the form of a frog with another frog perched atop its back. The frog was a symbol of fertility and motherhood in ancient Mesoamerica. Whistles in the form of animals were commonly placed in graves, perhaps to help guide the dead to the underworld with their sound - which sometimes was made to replicate that of the animal they were shaped as! Size: 2.7" L x 1.75" W x 2.15" H (6.9 cm x 4.4 cm x 5.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick collection, San Francisco, CA
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