There is plaster under the plastic at the bottom of the base. The plaster totally fell apart breaking the plastic bottom and now my lamp does not stand up well and is very easy to knock over. I had to put it away until I can figure out how to fix the base.
Liked the way the light looked very much! I thought it was a great price for the style. I ordered it once and it was just as beautiful as I thought it would be, BUT, discovered a tear on the shade connecting to the fixture. I returned it and went back online right away to order a new one--They wouldn't give a replacement part. When I opened the second box, I found this one also had a tear on the shade connecting to the fixture, practically around the whole circumference. So bummed! Don't know if it's even worth it to find out if the third one will be a charm.