Object of the Day: A Shang Marble Frog

This marble frog from private collection dates to one of the earlies dynasties in China, the Shang. Made around 1,500 BC, the artist has skilfully carved the object in a gentle geometric manner to represent a stylized frog. the hind legs are carefully shaped in shallow flat relief with a central groove and the pupils of the eyes are minimally conveyed by small indented holes. The clean lines of the sculpture gives it a “modern” feel that has truly stood the test of time.

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