From the picture it appears that the lamp is either wood or looks like real wood, which is what I wanted. However, when it arrived and unpacked it was molded plastic and looked really cheap! And the plain, drum-shaped shade didn't help! A graceful, pyramid-shaped shade would have been better. But I wasn't going to pay over $100 for something that looked like a K-Mart special! So Overstock.com is FANTASTIC at customer returns so I carefully repacked everything - this ALSO came from China and they have a knack for using tons of Styrofoam to pack things like it was molded to the product - and they provided a free return shipping label! This is a GREAT customer service feature!!! I'll continue to buy from O but I wish they would be more specific in their product descriptions and have more angle photos so we can better analyze the product before we purchase it!