Ranging from large and plodding to small and diminutive, deer are one of the worlds most populous of animal species. The deer family includes the mighty elk, gentle moose and many species of forest deer. The caribou, also referred to as reindeer are also part of the deer family. With large racks of antlers and other distinctive physical features, deer have long been the subject of artistic expression, including deer and deer head bookends.
The moose, a close cousin of the red deer or elk, is the largest deer species, with the largest weighing in at over seventeen hundred pounds. The appearance of the moose is truly unique with characteristically large antlers that set this majestic animal apart from its smaller cousins. Like all deer species, the moose is an herbivore, eating almost eighty pounds of leaves, twigs and mosses per day. Moose lead a solitary existence and are commonly seen in areas of the American north country.
In contrast to the giant moose the pudu is the smallest of deer, weighing a mere twenty five pounds. Native to South America the tiny pudu is not well known. In North America, that honor is reserved for the white tail and mule deer species. The males are often seen sporting great crowns of antlers. Prized by hunters, the antlers are a significant part of American Native American lore and religion.
Like many sculptural works of arts, deer are a favorite subject. Common to most deer and deer head bookends, the antlers are the most prominent feature. Decorative bookends that honor these adaptable and reclusive animals can be found in classic bronze, carved marble and many other popular materials.