Models may be accurate reproductions of particular buildings. They can also be generic examples of a type, or compositions based on parts of existing buildings.
Composite model including details from medieval Hindu temples near Mysore
Mysore, South India
Early 20th century
Height 78 cm x width 87 cm x depth 56 cm
Museum no. IM 321-1924
Given by Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary
This model was presented to King George V and Queen Mary by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1923. It was subsequently displayed at the British Empire Exhibition in Wembley, 1924. Although details are loosely based on the temples at Belur, Halebid and Somnathpur, the model's shape is quite different.
Model of a gopuram or temple gateway
South India, possibly Madurai
Late 19th or early 20th century
Height 45 cm x width 20 cm x depth 16 cm
Museum no. IM 6-1926
Given by Mrs J.A. Jones
This object was given to the Museum together with two models of sculptures from the interior of the Minakshi-Sundareshwara temple at Madurai. They were collected by an engineer working for the government in Madras Presidency between 1877 and 1904.
The form of this model is typical of a South Indian gopuram.
Model of a stone pillar in the chapel at Trinity College, Kandy
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Wood and silver
Height 65 cm x width 17.5 cm x depth 16.5 cm
Museum no. IM 34-1934
Given by Dr Andreas Nell
The column is a 1 in 10 scale commemorative model of a pillar carved in traditional Sri Lankan style for a new chapel. The model came to the Museum via the Church Missionary Society. It was made by the same craftsmen who carved the building's columns in 1927.