Need some help please

I bought this at a thrift store because it seemed unique. I have no idea wtf it is though. All I was told was that it is Chinese. Well.... thanks a lot there buddy lol. Can anyone here tell me what this is/means?

PS: Sorry the pic has a glare to it. It is in a sealed shadow box which I do not want to break open.

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By: Bergheim Bob (251.10)

Tags: Yoursay, thrift, store, Chinese, unique