Highly collectable and
symbolic, Bison have been depicted in art since the cave man first
drew them on the walls of their caves. Indian art and folklore have
always paid a great respect to this powerful animal.
The bison has been used
as a power symbol on everything from coins to flags, sports team
logos and mascots, University symbols and in general, a symbol of
the Great Plains. Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming have adopted the
animal as their official state mammal. Although the Bison population
has decreased over the years, this pre-historic species continues to
be the largest land mammal in Northern America and Europe.
Although this is likely
a European pair of Bison, this pair of bookends would be a great
gift for a deco collector who also happens to be a fan of the
Buffalo Bills or one of the many sports teams that have chosen the
bison as their mascot, including Bucknell University, North Dakota
State University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. In
Canada, the bison is the official animal of the province
of Manitoba and appears on the Manitoba flag. It is also used in the
official coat of arms of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.