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Terracotta Frog - mayan? aztec?

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    Posted 7 years ago

    ho2cultcha
    (3979 items)

    Another find from the Alameda Fleamarket. This is a very beautifully-made terracotta treefrog which has been outside for a long time - hence the finish has worn off on top. but the underside is really great! the frog is 7 inches long by 4.5" wide. i imagine that this was made for the tourist trade, but was probably a copy of a dug up artifact. any ideas?

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    1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 11 months ago
      i got some interesting news about this piece. it is Aztec, from the post-classic period 1325-1521 - probably from the Valley of Mexico. The symbols on the base "4 ollin, 5 movement", the 5 cardinal points in the nahua philosophy. i had been getting the stronger and stronger feeling that this was an authentic piece over the years and now i know.
    2. apostata apostata, 1 month ago
      you are right , and it is valuable, and its nice but i should not have bought it for ethical reasons

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