Frog-shaped vessel - ROM2018_16556_8


Frog-shaped vessel

Geography: Undetermined site, Upper Egypt
Date: c. 3500-3000 BC
Period: Probably Naqada II-III Period, Predynastic Period
7.6 × 5 × 3.5 cm
Object number: 910.100.3
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This pretty green frog may once have contained kohl or skin cream, or some other material to enhance the beauty of an Ancient Egyptian.  Frogs, who lay prodigious numbers of eggs which hatch into almost innumberable tadpoles, were a symbol of fertility in Ancient Egypt.  The goddess of childbirth, Heket, could be shown as a frog or as a woman with the head of a frog.

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