Mating Season

Mating Season

By Blog Daddy

For the Asmat people of Indonesia Human reproduction is not well understood. The Asmat believe that women can get pregnant by a green tree frog landing on their shoulder—actually a spirit seeking reincarnation in a woman it judged to be a good mother. Passing by or drinking from certain whirlpools at the junction of rivers where spirits live could also result in pregnancy. Semen feeds the fetus in the womb while the action of the penis during intercourse shapes the embryo into a human form.

Here in America most of us get it and put signs of sexuality on almost anything we can get our hands on.  This set of ceramic frogs circa 1960′s, also has a companion set of anatomically correct turtles to share the waters with.   One could easily argue that the 1960′s was the beginning of the American sexual revolution so it would make sense.  These little gems go back much further than that.

These frogs originally were made from brass around the late 1800##Q##s to early 1900′s and actually based on a song.  ”The frog came to the myl dur” (Scottish 1548) also known as “A frog He Went a courting” This further led to”A Moste Strange Weddinge of the Frogge and the Mouse.” (England 1580) and The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1893) a letter to a child and the following year a series of illustrations were created A Frog He Would A Fishing Go (1896) Publication.  The rhyme over time “A Frog He Went A Courting” Inspired some artist who apparently decided the frogs needed all the right riding gear if they were to go a riding Um Hum, Um Hum.  See Lyrics below.

The frog to the left is missing it’s mate, however this brass piece was found in Richmond, Virginia.  It was among a collection of Civil War Collectibles.  The dates for these pieces would most likely fall around the 1900′s.

Other than the antique brass ones, and the 1960′s ceramic ones.  There are also a pair of frogs made from cast iron and variations on the theme popular in the mid 1970′s where more color has been added to the genitalia.  During the 1970′s the idea of Frog He Went A Courting was replaced with “Horny Toad” and you can find ceramic example of a toad-esque statuary with similar genitalia.  These items are all still available for the collector, but you’ll have to search them out.  The brass Frog ranged around $160 and the ceramic $14.

“Froggie Went A Courtin##Q##” Lyrics (1600′s)

A Frog he would a wooing go, Heigh-ho, says Rowley,
A Frog he would a-wooing go, Whether this mother would let him or no,
With a Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach, Heigh-ho says Anthony Rowley.

He saddled and bridled a great black snail, Heigh-ho, says Rowley,
He saddled and bridled a great black snail, And rode between the horns and the tail,
With a Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach, Heigh-ho says Anthony Rowley.

So off he set with his opera hat, Heigh-ho, says Rowley,
So off he set with his opera hat, And on the way he met with a rat,
With a Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach, Heigh-ho says Anthony Rowley.

They rode till they came to Mousey Hall, Heigh-ho, says Rowley,
They rode till they came to Mousey Hall, And there they both did knock and call,
With a Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach, Heigh-ho says Anthony Rowley.

“Pray, Mrs. Mouse, are you within?” Heigh-ho, says Rowley,
“Pray, Mrs. Mouse, are you within?” “Oh yes, sir, here I sit and spin.”
With a Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach, Heigh-ho says Anthony Rowley.

Then Mrs. Mouse she did come down, Heigh-ho, says Rowley,
Then Mrs. Mouse she did come down, All smartly dressed in a russet gown,
With a Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach, Heigh-ho says Anthony Rowley.

“Pray, Mrs. Mouse, can you give us some beer,” Heigh-ho, says Rowley,
“Pray, Mrs. Mouse, can you give us some beer, That froggy and I may have good cheer?”
With a Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach, Heigh-ho says Anthony Rowley.

She had not been sitting long to spin, Heigh-ho, says Rowley,
She had not been sitting long to spin, When the cat and the kittens came tumbling in,
With a Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach, Heigh-ho says Anthony Rowley.

The cat she seized Master Rat by the crown, Heigh-ho, says Rowley,
The cat she seized Master Rat by the crown, The kitten she pulled Miss Mousey down,
With a Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach, Heigh-ho says Anthony Rowley.

This put Mr. Frog in a terrible fright, Heigh-ho, says Rowley,
This put Mr. Frog in a terrible fright, He took up his hat and he wished them “Good night!”
With a Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach, Heigh-ho says Anthony Rowley.

And as he was passing over the brook, Heigh-ho, says Rowley,
And as he was passing over the brook, A lily white duck came and gobbled him up,
With a Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach, Heigh-ho says Anthony Rowley.

So there’s an end of one, two, and three, Heigh-ho, says Rowley,
So there’s an end of one, two, and three, The Rat, the Mouse, and little Froggy,
With a Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach, Heigh-ho says Anthony Rowley.

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