‘A dorso di buffalo’, illustrated magazine in the “Buffalo Bill” series. Printed in 1932 by Nerbini Publishing House in Florence.
The legendary pioneer (born William Frederick Cody, 1846 – 1917) claimed to have exterminated more than 4000 bison during his military expeditions against the Native Americans and to protect the new railway.
Small carved bison in white onyx. On its side turquoise feathers and horns are embedded, in a style typical of Native Americans who consider the white bison a prophetic symbol that brings peace and prosperity, and is associated with the absolute divinity (the Great Spirit).
Bison meat tastes like beef, but has a lower fat content and is an excellent source of protein. To combine the best characteristics of both animals and obtain lean, tasty beef, beefalo was developed, a hybrid of bison crossed with domestic cattle. About 35,000 buffaloes are slaughtered in the United States each year for their meat.
Terracotta bison with legs on a bed of leaves, by Demétre Haralamb Chiparus (1886-1947). The Romanian artist worked and lived in Paris where he became one of the most appreciated Art Deco sculptors. One of his “American Bison” sculptures was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1942.
Precious cigar holder with bison sculpture, purchased in Paris in 1975. It was built out of a single block of meerschaum, a rare mineral found only in Syria which is particularly suitable for smoking devices as it is retains aroma well. Mouthpiece in amber.