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Pre-columbian Gold Frog

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Pre-columbian art, connected as it is with blood worship, has a reputation for being a little fantastical and spooky. While RT readily acknowledges that some of the religious art produced by pre-columbian civilizations can be hair-raising, he also thinks there is a playful, even whimsical, side to their craft work. Here we have an “amphibian” pendant from Panama. Putting aside the “flippers” or tail or whatever they are, RT thinks there is something decidedly frog-like about the beast. There is a deep well of invention and creativity in the native peoples of the Americas, something that may re-emerge to enrich our lives.



Photo: Amphibian Pendant (A.D. 800-1500), Panama. WikiCmns; Walters Art Museum; Public Domain.

  1. April 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Hmmm. “re-emerge”? It never went away.

  2. April 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    midnight: good point! RT

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