Emerald necklace with Chiriquí Tumbaga Frog Pendant, Costa Rica, ca. 800 - 1500 BCE
PJ2004Regular price $1,950 USD
Frogs are frequently depicted in the goldwork of Costa Rica and Panama. In this tropical region, numerous species abound, from tiny terrestrial varieties to giant tree frogs, some with poisonous skins and some vibrantly colored. A tree frog may be depicted here, with its beaded eyes, wide smile, long thin legs, and wide round feet projecting from its body. Emerging from the mouth is a scrolled tongue, a pervasive serpent symbol, that is flanked by outstretched arms on either side. A large pair of spiral ear spools add a decorative touch to either side of the mouth. The pendant has been paired with handmade faceted emeralds graduating from 3.5-4mm and twelve 14K gold spacer beads complete this stunning ensemble.
Dimensions: Pendant Length: 17 mm (0.66 inches), Overall necklace length: 19 1/2 inches (49.5 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Private New Jersey collection, acquired in the 1980s.