A smaller wooden version of the classic staircase disentanglement puzzle mounted on an elephant base.
Known in French as Baguenaudier it translates as “time waster”; very appropriate for this puzzle! It is said to have been used by French people as a locking mechanism in centuries past.
The actual origins of the puzzle are not really know although the ethnographer Stewart Culin related a tradition attributing the puzzle’s invention to the 2nd/3rd century Chinese general Zhuge Liang which would put it in China well before being known in Europe.
No matter what the real origins are it’s a difficult puzzle with a very complex mathematical formula. You can find the details of it here if you’re so inclined. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Baguenaudier.html
Size: From the tip of his trunck to the end of his tail the elephant base is 170mm long. Height: 113mm. The puzzle comes in a calico bag with a solution enclosed.