Statue of a frog



Accession Number
W219
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Animals case
Object Type
Sculpture, Statue
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Pottery (Terracotta)
Measurements
Height: 67mm | Width: 62mm | Depth: 90mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Frog/tadpole

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Description

A red terracotta hollow frog with traces of a white gesso covering. It dates to the Roman Period. Frogs were associated with fertility, likely due to their large numbers of offspring. The goddess Heqet, who was associated with childbirth, could take the form of a frog.

Bibliography

Price, Frederick George Hilton (1897) A catalogue of the Egyptian antiquities in the possession of F. G. Hilton Price. London: Quaritch [p. 429, nr. 3580]

Wellcome Number
A116853
Other Identity
3580 (written on the side in black ink. Hilton Price number)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 12–14, 17–21 Jul 1911, Lot 767 | J. C. Stevens. Auction and Sale Rooms: 20–21 Oct 1931, Lot 650
Auction Details
Ancient Egyptian terra-cotta frog of the 1st Century, a remarkable specimen from the Myers Colection, perfect.
Previous Owners
Frederick George Hilton Price (1842–1909) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 24 Nov 2021

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