So yeah, this appeared today.

Summer is a good time to clean out offices and closets, and a lot of my colleagues have been doing exactly that. And one co-worker called earlier this week saying, “I found a few things that your might be interested in.” I went over to his office today and was presented with this.

The Hand, as I’ll call it for now, was a gift from a patron to a visiting pianist. Apparently, the pianist wasn’t interested in taking the gift with him and left it behind.

Can anyone help me attempt to identify whose hand this might be? There are no inscriptions on the hand or on the base, and I can’t really tell what the medium is. I thought it might be a copy of another famous hand — Liszt, Chopin, Rubinstein, Beethoven, etc. — but I don’t think so.