"BUFFALO MEDICINE MAN" 12.5x3x3 CLAY SCULPTURE
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- Prairie clay hand formed and molded into a "buffalo person" with a raku style glaze adhered then torched in a wood fire
- Sculpture measures 12.5" height x 3" width
- Sinew cord belt with beads (synthetic and natural horn) and attached natural sagebrush wrapped in natural hair on hide deerskin
- Sits on black leather base that is attached to the sculpture
- Artist signed
Robert Donovan Stroup
Robert grew up with the Lakota Indians affording him a deep understanding of their personalities and customs. He lives outside of Deadwood, South Dakota where he remains a fairly aloof artist. Robert creates his "buffalo people" with prairie clay from the historic badlands, he further personalizes them with different glazes and then adds unique costume adornments giving each character its own personality.
Sagebrush was used by Native Americans for ritual incense, shelter, cordage and baskertry. The fruits were use fresh, dried and pounded into a meal. They are known to smudge their homes with sagebrush to chase away evil spirits.