Height: 3.600 cm
Width: 4.900 cm
Length: 5.900 cm
Bequeathed by Sir Robert Ludwig Mond
Room 64: Early Egypt
Stone vessel in the shape of a frog
Late Predynastic Period, around 3150 BC
Possibly a cosmetic pot
Stone vessels are known throughout Egyptian history, but the period which saw their greatest production ran from the later Predynastic period to the beginning of the Old Kingdom (about 2613-2160 BC), when they were in great demand for burial equipment.
The Egyptians developed the ability to work hard stone into vessel shapes at an early date. Basalt was popular from the beginning, and in the later Predynastic period other soft and hard stones came into use. Some vessels were colourful, like this one, which is made from red brecchia. Most vessels were in the shape of conventional vases and jars, but the occasional animal shape is found. Smaller vessels were most probably used as cosmetic pots.
A.J. Spencer, Early Egypt, The rise of civil (London, The British Museum Press, 1993)