Hand sculpted with paper clay. He was painted with acrylic paint and sealed with matte polyurethane. His antlers are real branches found on a walk in the woods. The bow tie is vintage. The wooden plaque measures 18" tall X 14" wide. The Deer Head protrudes from the plaque 8". The hand written banner was découpaged in place with this quote: "I WAS a stricken deer that left the herd long since..."
By William Cowper (1731–1800)
[From Book III, The Garden]
I WAS a stricken deer that left the herd
Long since; with many an arrow deep infixed
My panting side was charged, when I withdrew
To seek a tranquil death in distant shades.
There was I found by One who had Himself 5
Been hurt by the archers. In His side He bore,
And in His hands and feet, the cruel scars.
With gentle force soliciting the darts,
He drew them forth, and healed and bade me live.
Since then, with few associates, in remote 10
And silent woods I wander, far from those
My former partners of the peopled scene;
With few associates, and not wishing more.
Here much I ruminate, as much I may,
With other views of men and manners now 15
Than once, and others of a life to come.
I see that all are wanderers, gone astray
Each in his own delusions; they are lost
In chase of fancied happiness, still wooed
And never won. Dream after dream ensues, 20
And still they dream that they shall still succeed,
And still are disappointed. Rings the world
With the vain stir. I sum up half mankind,
And add two-thirds of the remaining half,
And find the total of their hopes and fears 25
Dreams, empty dreams.