This cat is from Eldora, Iowa--by Wolf Creek. It is a tall 10" X 3 1/4' round base. It is carved in wood and signed Carol Altenhein--1991--that is 23 years ago. It looks perfectly fine to me--maybe a little paint is missing or stain or maybe it was made this way. If you think it needs touch up a black felt marker will work great on this wood. I do not touch up and this makes it look really primative. It looks like American Folk Art. the wood is not cracked. Email if you have questions--shipping in the U.S.A.only is $7.50.