The price for this piece was $29.00. I bought it, knowing exactly what I was doing. Was I depriving a local wood carver of a sale. Well, yes and no. Yes, I did not purchase a local piece. But to say they were from local wood CARVER'S is a stretch. The local pieces were crude and obviously meant to take advantage of a unsuspecting tourist.
My main purpose in buying this piece, is to use it as a study piece in a class. This is one of those pieces that upon further study, a wood carver will see how easy it would be to do. First one must select a good piece of wood (1/2" thick X 8" height X 36" long. Next, trace a pattern of the piece on the wood and cut it out. I am thinking that the piece could be carved with either hand tools or power.
Am I worried about infringing on a copyright? Not really! I have no idea who the artist is, and even If this piece is "protected". It's not going to be reproduced for sale, but for teaching.
I think this piece is one of those pieces that, with a minimum of skill, can turn out to be a spectacular carving; especially for a "beginner".