This paperweight is unlike any I've ever seen. I believe the wood is walnut, though I don't know for sure—but it's elegant and heavy. It will add charm and grace to any table, desk, or countertop. The dimensions are approximately 4 1/4" wide x 3" tall x 3/4" thick. I have one on my desk right now, and I'll bring another one home for my young son who likes wooden toys, even if they have no moving parts. This paperweight is thick enough to stand up for display on a shelf, but I simply set it on top of a stack of papers, where it turns an unsightly hodgepodge of notes and reports into a display stand for an elegant conversation piece.