In December 2018 the Key Marco Cat returned to Marco Island from the Smithsonian Institution for a two and a half year stay at the Marco Island Historical Museum, along with other Calusa relics from the University of Pennsylvania Museum. See "Calusa Artifacts" Page.
The is a 6-inch figure carved in native Florida
buttonwood using shark teeth and shell scrapers. It depicts
a mysterious half-human, half-panther figure – thought to
be a spiritual icon of the Calusa tribe.
Since its discovery in1896, the
Key Marco Cat has been the favorite local mascot of Marco Island.
Using unpublished photos of the
artifact, Peter carved detailed replicas of the Cat and several tribal masks, and other artifacts:
- Casts made from molds of those
carvings are hand-treated with a proprietary combination of paints
and stains to reproduce the original finish
These full-sized replicas make
unique and affordable gifts. Visit the .
"Mask Maker" image
at top of page used with the permission of Florida artist Theodore
Morris. See more of his work at .
Peter's larger body of work includes award-winning pieces and Naples Metal Art, his latest sculptures of egrets, ibis, snook and other local fauna. For more information about these pieces, please visit .
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