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This enigmatic Roman Bronze Pendant dates from 1st - 3rd century A.D and is in the form of a stylised frog.



In Roman symbolism, frogs had several associations, primarily revolving around fertility, rebirth, and transition. These associations are rooted in the frog's lifecycle, from tadpole to adult, symbolizing transformation and the cyclical nature of life. The frog's connection to water bodies, which were crucial for agriculture and life, further cemented its status as a symbol of fertility and abundance.


  • Fertility and Abundance: Frogs were often associated with fertility due to their prolific nature and their habitat in water-rich environments, vital for agriculture. Wearing a frog pendant could symbolize a wish for personal or agricultural fertility and prosperity.


  • Rebirth and Renewal: The frog's transformation from tadpole to adult made it a symbol of rebirth and renewal, themes deeply embedded in Roman religious beliefs and practices. This symbolism made frog pendants suitable gifts or votive offerings for significant life transitions or to mark new beginnings.


  • Protection and Good Luck: As with many animal amulets in ancient cultures, frog pendants were also believed to offer protection against evil spirits or bad luck. They could serve as personal talismans for the wearer, ensuring safety and attracting positive energies.



Now available in the Timeless Galleries.




  • Acquired by Timeless on the UK Antiquities Market, 2020, previously forming part of a private Austrian collection formed since 1970.

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