Frog effigy pendant with attached disk

Zenú (Sinú)
Planeta Rica style
A.D. 1200–1550

Object Place: Sinú, San Jorge or Nechi River Valleys, Sucre and Cordoba Departments, Panama


Overall: 1.3 x 0.7 cm (1/2 x 1/4 in.)

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On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)


Americas, Jewelry



Hollow back cast gold frog effigy pendant with circular disk attached to a ring at the base of the frog’s back. Its front feet terminate in rings for suspension.


Collected by Joaquin Arciniégas, Colombia, by March 1, 1906 (to San José, Costa Rica by May 23, 1908; to San Salvador, El Salvador by June 19, 1916); sold to Doctor Daniel Villatoro Rugama, San Salvador, El Salvador, August 6, 1929; sold to Oliverio Girondo, Paris, January 10, 1930 (to Argentina probably after 1946); with Leon Buki, Buenos Aires, Argentina by January 2, 1975; with Alphonse Jax, New York, by February 1975; to Landon T. Clay, Boston; to MFA, March 12, 1975, gift.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay