Late Prehistoric Period, Mississippian Culture A.D. 1100-1500 4-3/4 in. X 5 in.
Well modeled of dense, fine grained sandstone, the frog depicted in an atypical position with its front legs clutching its body.
The depiction of frogs in Eastern North American prehistoric art is typically associated with maize-based societies of the Mississippi River drainage where they were apparently seen as important harbingers of rain. Frogs are commonly figured in Mississippian period ceramics and pipes throughout the Southeast, and in examples have been found in Ohio at the early Fort Ancient Turpin site in Hamilton County, and the State Line site in nearby Dearborn County, Indiana. Unfortunately, the provenance of this example is unknown.
Provenance: From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Ohio