Model of the Temple of Concord, Agrigento, Sicily

Model of the Temple of Concord, Agrigento, Sicily

Model of the Temple of Concord, Agrigento, Sicily
Probably Italian
Mid-19th century
Cork and moss on a wooden base
Height 16 cm x depth 42 cm x width 22 cm
Museum no. 5917-1859

The softness of cork lends itself to being easily worked in minute detail as in this model of a temple shown in a ruinous state. It is one of five cork models of classical temples that were on display in the early years of the South Kensington Museum, now the V&A. It shows the inner cella walls as they were during the later Christian use of the building from the 6th century AD.