A gilt bronze frog weight

Han dynasty, 1st century BC - 1st century AD, China

Diameter: 7 cm, 2.8 inches

The frog weight is depicted on all fours as if about to jump, head held up and alert. Placed on a square base that rises like a hill under the chin of the frog, which is not connected below its body thus increasing the creature’s sculptural presence, the sides of the base engraved with a scrolling design of typical Han type.

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