The shape of this old carved wood buoy does it for me, with the sway of the form making with think of a human figure, back arched and belly protruding. What makes it really beautiful to me, though, is the surface patina, particularly how the white paint shows a rainbow of scuffs and stains accumulated through banging up against other things. Like a 3 dimensional painting that might happily live next to a Frank Stella or Richard Tuttle, and I'd treat it that way. (It's all about context!)
14 3/4" t. 3 1/4" w at base x 3 1/16" d at base. Beautiful used and worn condition, heavy and substantial.