Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
0 selections
Log In
0 selections
lots of lots
Lot 0157
Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Tairona culture, ca. 800 to 1200 CE. A stunning necklace with a translucent quartz carved frog pendant at its center. The frog is naturalistic and carved with detail showing its eyes and crouched legs in great detail. To either side of the frog are three large, cylindrical beads made of smoky-colored chalcedony which flare on the ends. Accented to either side of some of these beads are small silver ball beads (five in total) and nine other small, round beads of shell and stone. Wearable! Each silver bead approximately 0.15" W (0.4 cm); largest chalcedony bead: 0.45" W x 4" H (1.1 cm x 10.2 cm); size of frog: 1.7" L x 1" W x 0.65" H (4.3 cm x 2.5 cm x 1.7 cm)

Toads and frogs are common iconography in the pre-Columbian New World, where their tadpole-to-land-animal life cycle resulted in them becoming symbols of rebirth. Some toads were also known for their hallucinogenic secretions and toad remains are commonly found in tombs.

Provenance: private New York, USA collection; ex Walter Crawford collection, Arizona, USA, collected from 1960 to 1970

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.



Restrung and with modern clasp. Light wear to beads and frog, with shallow surface scratching commensurate with age.

Buyer's Premium

  • 24.5%

Tairona Chalcedony Tube Bead Necklace w/ Quartz Frog

Estimate $1,500 - $2,000Oct 12, 2017
Louisville, CO, USA