Pins Shown from Left to Right
Title Green Crystal Frog
Designer Unknown, Acquired in France
Materials Oxidized Base Metal, Crystals
Size 2.5" x 2.2"
(6.4cm x 5.6cm)
Title Crouching Green and Gold Frog
Designer Kenneth Jay Lane, USA
Materials Yellow Gold-Plated Base Metal
Size 1.9" x 1.6"
(4.8cm x 4.1cm)
Title Cloisonné Frog
Date circa 1997
Designer Unknown, Acquired in China
Materials Yellow Gold-Tone Base Metal, Enameled Cloisonné, Rhinestones
Size 2.6" x 2.1"
(6.6cm x 5.3cm)
Symbols of Life
When Saddam Hussein’s poet-in-residence called Albright a serpent, flattery was the last thing he had in mind. In many cultures, the slithery reptile is associated with life, fertility and (because a snake sheds its skin) renewal and rebirth. Frogs are also considered symbols of fertility and creation. Ancient traditions aside, Albright is no fan of snakes and is far more comfortable with frog pins than with actual frogs.