Frog inspired jewellery
Frog inspired jewellery. Frog in many nations played the role of amulets and talismans of fertility, preservation of sexual power. Dried frogs even today serve as a home wards in South-East Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand. In China, where the frogs are called “heavenly chicken”, their figures are made of jade, as talisman of long life and wisdom. In Latin America, the frogs are considered fore mothers, and therefore protectors of all human spirit.
For many peoples of the world, the frog, and even more so toads were associated with a number of unpleasant properties. In Chinese tradition, the frog symbolizes the moon “Yin”. The spirit of frog from Qing Sheng Island is associated with healing and success in business. The “frog in the well” refers to a silly person. In European folklore toads were associated with witches as the source of the ingredients for magical potions, and sometimes had their own magical properties. The Moche of ancient Peruvian culture tailless frogs were among the revered animals and often appeared in works of art. Panama Legend says that frog brings luck to those who saw the Panamanian golden frog (Atelopus zeteki). In a variant of this legend is said that, by dying, the frog turns into gold mascot.
Hecate – Ancient Egyptian goddess. Depicted as a frog or a woman with a frog head. She is the goddess of moisture and rain. Since ancient times Hecate associated with childbirth and fertility magic, it has contributed to the resurrection of the dead. The fresco of the temple of Isis on the island of Philae (the Nile) preserved the image of Hecate sitting near Khnum potter’s wheel. Breathing it brought life into just made of sacred clay figurines of people.
“The Frog Princess” – Russian folk fairy tale. Tales with a similar plot are also known in some European countries – such as Italy and Greece, as well as the Buryats, Bashkirs, Tatars. In the book “Russian Fairy Tales” by AN Afanasyev “The Frog Princess” – a beautiful girl with the knowledge of witchcraft (Vasilisa the Wise), who has to live for some time in the skin of a frog.
“The Tale of King Frog, or Iron Henry” – Tales of the Brothers Grimm. It is the first story of the collection, which tells the story of a spoiled princess who does not keep her promises, and ungrateful to the frog, who pulled her golden ball, which fell into the well. Frog is miraculously transformed into a handsome prince.
Toads were associated with the devil; in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Satan was depicted as a toad pouring poison into Eve’s ear.
Monetary toad (you can also find other names: Money Frog, Chu Chan, Chan Chu) is a very powerful Feng Shui talisman that symbolizes the growing abundance of family, great money luck, wealth and longevity. One of the ancient Chinese legend says that Chan Chu, was once a very evil being, what Buddha punished him. Since then, the toad is forced to atone for his sins, “spitting out gold coins” and helping people to get rich.
In Hinduism tortoise was the second Avatar of Vishnu. Vishnu took the form of a half-man, half-tortoise, the lower half being a tortoise, and with four arms. Tortoise shells were used by ancient Chinese as oracle bones to make predictions.
Frog is a symbolic animal in Celtic mythology and folklore. While it is relatively rare for frogs to be described as magical in Celtic folklore, there is a Scottish tradition of the King Frog, who wore on his head a jewel that had great power for healing. The only way to obtain the stone was to locate the King Frog, who hid in a fen or bog, then let down a tame otter into the water in hopes of scaring the frog to the surface. When he appeared, one rapped him on the head, thus dislodging the stone, which had to be grasped quickly lest it disappear beneath the water’s surface.
Jewellery Art (Russian) Illustrated guide to jewelry. Publisher ART SPRING, published in Russian, 2005