VIP Gift – Replica of the Calusa Pelican


Among the artifacts excavated at the Key Marco site during the Pepper-Hearst Expedition in 1896, was a small pelican found with fragments of wing pieces. Highly finished and graceful, it was originally painted with white, black and buff-gray pigments. The original is 4.25” x 2.5” x 3” and resides in the collection of the University of Pennsylvania. This replica was created by Naples resident Peter Sottong and stands approximately 4.25” high from the base to the top of the head. A felt pad protects furniture. Because it has been individually cast and finished by hand and signed by the artist, each piece is unique. Also included with the item is a descriptive story card, also signed by the artist, giving a brief history of the piece.