<em>Ointment Jar in the Form of a Frog</em>, 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)

Ointment Jar in the Form of a Frog

Medium: Serpentine

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 4400-2675 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 13/16 x 1 1/2 in. (2.1 x 3.8 cm)


Accession Number: 37.648E

Image: CUR.37.648E_NegH_print_bw.jpg,left

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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