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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

In antiquity, as today, the croaking of frogs was often the first sound heard each morning in Egypt. These amphibians were thus associated with the sun’s daily rebirth, and their images were believed to have protective powers. This sculpture was probably placed next to a woman to safeguard 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 Dynasty 18
    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)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    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.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 58.28.8_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 58.28.8_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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