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12/12 17:19 EST

Dian Culture Bronze Frog
December 2012 Auction by Far East Asian Art

Quirky bronze frog from China, 300BCE-200CE. Most likely this piece is Dian Culture centered in Yunnan or possibly Dong Son since frogs are common motifs with the Dian and Dong Son peoples. Chinese chroniclers described both groups as being Southern Barbarians during the Western Han expansion, like the Romans of the same period, I get the impression that the Dian were “vassal” states in name only and were probably paid off by the Chinese to leave them alone...
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