A Turtle-shaped ‘Frog’
Date: late-19th to early 20th century
Medium: Cast iron
Dimensions: 9.5 x 6 cm.

While little is known of this turtle’s maker, we know it is both useful and beautiful.  It is meant to be placed at the bottom of a vase or other container, water is added, and each hole in his shell is meant to hold and steady the stem of a flower in an arrangement. Such a device is called a ‘frog,’ and while many do not have animal forms, our turtle is also a ‘frog’ because of its design.