The artist hand measures 3.9 x 0 x 9.8". It is French finished in a wonderful, translucent varnish. It is hand carved in non-endangered hardwood. It's a replica of a Renaissance era original. Art is forever, life is short is the Latin expression. This from an age when art was considered a learned craft for the talented. When ateliers were filled with articulated art models and plaster casts of classic sculpture. When masters had an apprentice finish the lesser details of now famous paintings. Finesse and expertise were pre-eminent goals. Both our art and our artist models closely match the style and content of ages past.