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Fertlity Frog - Pendant - 2914

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Item Number: 2914
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24 k gold plated, almost 4 cm tall.

This replica of a pre-Columbian frog, from Southern Costa Rica, has the typical flat feet of these pieces, and has an unusual ridged back.

These frogs were used in fertility rights. When the dry summer ended and the rain began, the frogs began to make a racket at night during their mating season. Some frogs were also venerated because the highly lethal poison that came off their backs was used to make poison blow-gun darts for hunting birds and other prey.

The Chibchan pre-Columbian Indians occupied what is today is roughly the area between and including Costa Rica and Colombia. Some of the Chibchan tribes in what is today Colombia were the first to discover the techniques for working gold, particularly the lost wax method. They made beautiful gold jewelry and traded as far north as the Maya and down south to the Inca. These pieces are faithful replicas of genuine pre-Columbian artifacts. To make them out of the gold & copper alloys the Indians used would make the prohibitively expensive, so these are made with bronze, coated with nickel and finally 24k gold plated.

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