Model of a South Indian Hindu Temple

Model of a South Indian Hindu Temple

Model of a South Indian Hindu Temple
Probably Thanjavur or Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, South India
Mid-late 19th century
Sola pith
Height 34 cm x width 43 cm x depth 28 cm
Museum no. IS 12-1980
Given by St Helens Arts and Libraries

Carved in the soft pith of the sola plant's stem. Pith models of temples were made in South India, and examples were exhibited at international exhibitions in 1873 and 1886. This example was owned by a Mrs Willink, who lived in Madras, and given to St Helens Museum in 1897.