Romano-Egyptian Bronze Frog Weight

£ 125.00

A finely modelled Romano-Egyptian bronze weight featuring the moulded image of a splayed frog on a square base. The animal’s arms and legs reach out, towards the edge of the surface. The relief of the frog is clearly visible but presents signs of wear. The reverse is plain and unadorned.

Date: Circa 30 BC - AD 323
Period: Roman Period
Provenance: ‘The Ancient Menagerie Collection’ formerly the property of a Cambridgeshire lady, collected since the 1990s and acquired from auctions and dealers throughout Europe and the USA, now ex London collection.
Condition: Fine condition. Some patination and earthly encrustations to the surface.


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The Romans associated frogs with harmony and life, they were sacred animals protected by Venus, connecting with the goddess’ licentiousness and fertility. The amphibious character of the frogs, living between water and earth, inspired Roman people to associate them with metamorphosis, transformation and regeneration, and were used as powerful charms in times of change. Frogs were also important characters in ancient mythology, in plays (such as ‘The Frogs’, by Aristophanes) and in the fables of Aesop and Phaedrus. In literature they are often portrayed as light-hearted and playful, they could be frivolous or quick to leap into things, rushing to decisions and usually getting in trouble.

For more information about the meanings of animals in Roman art, see our relevant blog post: Animal Symbolism in Roman Art.

Weight 24.9 g
Dimensions L 2.6 x W 2.2 x H 1 cm