I call this
piece "Wisdom of the Buffalo Hunter". It is actually more of a
Mandala than it is a Medicine Shield.
My scanner isn't big enough to encompass the whole piece which measures 6 x 17 inches ( to the bottom of the braided wool). The centerpiece is a porcelain cabochon I had custom made in a shop in Smokey Point, Washington that features a grazing buffalo. I've bezeled it with size 13/0 charlotte cut glass beads and mounted it on an arrow shaped piece of genuine pigskin suede leather inside a brass ring wrapped in a cowhide leather strip with waxed sinew. I've then backed and embellished it with wool, dyed feathers, glass pony beads, and rawhide strips.
The buffalo represents prayer and abundance. It is through these things that we also learn selflessness, generosity, and hope. If a white buffalo, the holiest of animals, appears, it is a sign that prayers have been heard and that a period of wealth is about to begin. In legends, it was the "White Buffalo Calf Woman" who brought the people the holy medicine pipe. Its tobacco united all forces of nature and its smoke rose as a visible prayer. The particles suspended in the smoke made it possible for the spiritual beings to grant wishes. The buffalo teaches that everything exists in abundance if it is respected and accepted with gratitude. It is important to praise all gifts that are received and also to pray for the divine wealth being granted to others. The buffalo also points out that goals can only be reached with the power of the Great Spirit. Buffalo's knowledge contains ancient wisdom.
This is a ONE-OF-A-KIND creation.
If you like the styling of this piece but not the subject matter per se, you can visit my Cabochon Gallery for ideas of what could be ordered for that special occasion of something unique, individual, and/or one-of-a-kind creation, then contact Sunshine for more info.
Actually, this became a part of a Christmas Gift bundle I sent to my Canadian friend Tania and her family. She is a very talented artist who has fallen on hard times do to ill health, she's currently waiting for a Kidney and Pancreas transplant. She has been a great friend, very kind, and extremely generous to me considering her circumstances, so I can only return the favor in the best way that I can. GIFTS!!...heh,heh...wicked evil sunshine grin.....giggle. This Mandala is intended to given to her Husband. I'm hoping he will love it as it is intended to honor him and his continual spiritual provision for his family!!
I can't provide an exact quote for Mandela's...just that they can vary in price from $50-$500 dependent upon theme and materials.
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