A Mayan plate with frogs
The plate depicting four frogs. The rim of this shallow dish is decorated in a eight times repeated geometrical pattern, most likely depicting the sign for ‘wind’. From the centre four linear bands are dividing the inner circle in four parts. In each a frog is painted in powerful black, red an orange paint. In Mayan culture the number four is generally connected with the four compass points.
Maya, Mexico, Yucatan, Terracotta with black, red and orange paint. 450 - 900 A.D. Diameter 30 cm. / 11.81 inch.
Provenance: private collection The Netherlands, collected before 1984.