Upon further study of this carving, I notice that it is not a "pure" relief carving. It's kind of a hybrid that has characteristics of both in the round and relief. I did discover, that you can cut the piece out on a 16 inch scroll saw. You do not need to use a band saw. The piece measues 9 x 38 inches. Next I'll drill the holes and make the "internal" cuts.
For the beginner carver, this shows that you can do a lot of carving wood prep with a scroll saw. In fact, my bandsaw broke three years ago, and I've not had to use one since.