Buffalo & Magpie

By Keli'i Eli, Zuni-Hawaiian

Animal: Bison, Material: Pennsylvania Jet
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In a symbiotic relationship, a Bison (or buffalo) and magpie unite, carved from one specimen of decadent Pennsylvania jet by Keli'i Eli. Magpies are often seen hunting for insects on a bison, which contributes to a magpie's omnivore diet and helps keep the bison's furry coat clean. This magpie has amazing eyes of inlaid tiger's eye, while the resting male bison has lapis lazuli eyes, and Deer antler horns. Keli'i said "The antlers on Buffalo are just starting to grow again into their curved form."

He also thoughtfully explains: "We use Buffalo medicine to give us strength through many adversity’s we may face in life. Our ceremonial Buffalo dancers dance for the strength of people and to help give them a renewed vigor. A cleansing."

Keli's significant bison and magpie masterpiece is about 4" long, 2 1/4" wide and 4 1/4" tall. Signed by the artist.