This is a very unusual item.It is a wall plaque representing the Devil, Lucifer, Satan, or whatever name you prefer. The carving is done in high relief from a single piece of wood which I believe to be oak or some other hardwood as it weighs over a kilo. The carving is very deep and the effect of light on the carving emphasises the diabolical character of the subject. The following features suggest a diabolical interpretation - horns, Mephistopheles goatee beard, pointed ears, forked tail and the flames of hell perhaps licking above the figures hair. The scroll bears the Roman numerals 75, I don't know the significance of this. As you can see the design is very skilfully executed and the piece is a wall plaque as it evident from the reverse as it is fillted with suspension chain. The back is covered with a piece of green baize I'm not sure why unless it used to lie flat on something. There is evidence of writing or numbers underneath it. Clearly there are a number of questions over the original and purpose of this piece that we will never know the answer to. I have no idea how old this is but it is clearly not very recent and I would suggest both that this piece is hand carved from hardwood and that this is a totally unique item. It is a Western European piece, unlike some of the oriental pieces that are churned out en masse from the far east. A rare and unique item for the collector of fine wood carvings or of unusual objects. Condition is very good, no visible chips or scratches but it could do with a good dusting and some kind of waxing or polishing but I have left this for the buyer to choose how to clean it Dimensions - approx 15 x 9.5 inches, and a little over an inch thick.