Model of a shrine

Model of a shrine

Model of a shrine
China
19th century
Carved and incised soapstone
Height 14 cm x width 15 cm x depth 8 cm
Museum no. 160-1886
Gift of the Chinese Commissioners of the International Inventions Exhibition

Small-scale models of tombs, pagodas and memorial arches as well were typical of part of the range of soapstone items produced in late 19th century China for the domestic market and export to the West. This particular piece arrived in South Kensington as an exhibit in a series of international exhibitions held between 1883-6. Others were often bought as souvenirs.