I was told it was made with straw to get the beautiful and unique pattern. There are a few marks on the piece, but cannot be seen from the front. I consider the first photo the front. They are part of the description. It's a nice size and measures 7 3/4 Tall.
Wrapping around the tape measure at the widest point it measures approximately 15 1/2 around. Please drop me a line with any questions you may have.